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UNI Department of Theatre receives national accreditation

May 5, 2014

Eric Lange, department head and associate professor, theatre, 319-273-6833,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 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.

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.

"The accreditation process has been very thorough and educational," said Eric Lange, department head and associate professor of theatre. "I'm proud of the stamp of approval from NAST and the faculty and staff who continue to bring excellence to our program."

For more information, contact Lange at 319-273-6833 or