As the home of the UNI Department of Theatre's production program, the Strayer-Wood Theatre is a vibrant fully-equipped theatre building that houses two performance spaces (the Strayer-Wood Theatre and the Bertha Martin Theatre) and support spaces for the production program, including the Phelps Acting Practice Room/Light Lab, fully equipped scenic and costume studios, graphics room, design development and computer labs, a large makeup room, two dressing rooms, Greenroom, library, and ticket office.
The Strayer-Wood Theatre routinely produces four to six main stage productions annually, in addition to hosting a variety of special events, including design presentations, the Sturgis Youth Theatre, and guest artist lectures. Some events are free, others require a reasonably priced ticket. All main stage Strayer-Wood Theatre productions during the academic year are free to UNI students.
In April 2008, the Department of Theatre celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Strayer-Wood Theatre with a special production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, featuring the work of sixteen alumni as director, designers, actors, and production personnel, working alongside our own talented faculty and students.
Theatre has long been a part of the University of Northern Iowa's history as evidenced by our production history beginning as early as 1878.
Currently, Strayer-Wood Theatre is thrilled to announce “Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles.” In our next two seasons, we’re committed to producing theatre that addresses political issues. Beyond hatred and war, beyond government control, beyond tyranny… we’ll explore the human connections that allow us to discover the strength of individuals, relationships, and communities. How can the arts inspire conversation on our community’s most pressing political issues? Connect with us. See live theatre. Let’s find out.