Sturgis Youth Theatre
The Sturgis Youth Theatre, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, was founded in 1999 by Gretta Berghammer, Professor of Theatre.
The philosophy of the Sturgis Youth Theatre is that all young people should be provided with an opportunity to explore and experience all facets of theatre production and performance within an environment that is safe, supportive and educational. To that end, the Sturgis Youth Theatre welcomes any young person who wishes to contribute in meaningful ways to the exploration of theatre in an environment that is noncompetitive, inclusive, and process based, and which places the development of the whole student first and foremost in all of its programming and activities.
Throughout the academic months, the Sturgis Youth Theatre offers a series of classes for young people in many areas of theatre production and performance. Classes are offered on weekdays after school in 6 to 8 week sessions on the UNI campus.
Sturgis Youth Theatre produces two plays each year, one during the academic months and one during the summer. The production during the academic year features theatre students from UNI and community volunteers as performers and designers. Weekday matinee performances for schools and evening public performances are held in the Strayer-Wood Theatre at UNI. The summer production is entirely produced and performed by youth, under the supervision of the SYT staff. Family, friends, and community are invited to public performances in July.
Beginning Fall 2011, Sturgis Youth Theatre will launch a new theatre program which provides opportunities for students on the autism spectrum.