UNI's Department of Theatre is dedicated to the Liberal Arts education of those students who have a passion for theatre. We currently serve close to 130 majors and minors in a well-designed and well-equipped facility with three performance spaces.

In conjunction with strong budgets and strong faculty, we use the classroom experience and productions to teach you the art, craft and process of communicating through theatre.

In April of 2014, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre gained accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). NAST is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines and is made up of approximately 180 schools of theatre. The granting of accredited membership is a sign that an institution has met an external set of basic criteria for its programs. It also indicates an ability to provide a base of academic strength and operational integrity.

Freshman students are often cast in our shows, and all theatre students are attached to productions and engaged in departmental classes right from the beginning. Some of the classes require lots of hours; the productions keep everybody in the department busy. The payoff is learning how to communicate and work together in an environment where people are valued for their unique traits and talents.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre


Transfer students should specifically request a review of theatre coursework you are transferring in by your adviser and the department head.



The UNI Student Theatre Association is an independent student organization that provides an opportunity for any UNI student interested in any aspect of the theatre to interact with other students, work on various projects/productions and expand their knowledge of the theatrical arts. UNISTA typically produces three to four productions annually.


The Department of Theatre annually awards $65,000 in activity scholarships to its majors. First-year students and transfer students who intend to major in theatre are also eligible for scholarship awards. Entering freshmen with a 3.0 high school GPA or placing in the upper third of their graduating class are eligible to receive an activity scholarship. Awards range between $1,500 and $2,500. Incoming students compete for scholarships at our annual Scholarship Day. Conducted in early February, Scholarship Day provides incoming students an opportunity to meet and interview with theatre faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to showcase their talents for faculty through performance auditions and portfolio presentations.


Bob Wise was a theatre enthusiast and UNI alumnus who wanted to provide a unique opportunity for students. Through his generosity in creating the Robert O. Wise Broadway Tour Endowment, two or three theatre majors who are currently juniors are selected to go to New York City. They have an opportunity to see several Broadway shows and to experience other cultural (and culinary) offerings of the city.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed



Stage Fabricator

Entertainment Management

Theatrical Supply

Teaching Artist


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Eric Lange
Head, Department of Theatre

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