UNI Theatre Department Received Accreditation Through the National Association of Schools of Theatre
The University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre recently 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 177 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.
Theatre Department Head, Eric Lange, said, "The accreditation process has been very thorough and educational. I'm proud of the stamp of approval from NAST and the faculty and staff who continue to bring excellence to our program.”
The UNI Department of Theatre is made up of 15 faculty and staff and offers study in performance, design and production, and drama and theatre for youth. Through its production wings, Theatre UNI and Sturgis Youth Theatre, the department produces plays and musicals in the Strayer-Wood Theatre. Programming includes frequent guest artists, significant outreach to local schools, opportunities for students to connect to the profession through auditions and specialized conferences, and collaboration with other academic programs and disciplines on campus. UNI also hosts the largest gathering of high school drama students in the state each November through the Iowa Thespians Festival.