About TheatreUNI

Theatre UNI – the production arm of the UNI Department of Theatre – routinely produces four to six main stage productions annually, in addition to hosting a variety of special events, including design presentations, and guest artist lectures. Some events are free, others require a reasonably priced ticket. All main stage Theatre UNI productions during the academic year are free to UNI students.

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.

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.

TheatreUNI Mission

The mission of the Department of Theatre is to create theatre which excites and which illuminates the human condition in ways that are relevant to students, audiences, community members, teachers and guest artists.  To this end, the department offers coursework and productions that are diverse, creative and participatory, serving students who want to prepare for a life in the theatre and also students who want to prepare a place for theatre in their lives.  We create theatre, and in this process, educate.

The Strayer-Wood Theatre, as the home of the Department of Theatre on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, strives to produce theatre which allows an opportunity for student creation and participation, and nurtures and entertains the University Community and the Cedar Valley.  Strayer-Wood Theatre productions are innovative, captivating, real theatre.