Hazel Strayer received a Bachelor's degree in Interpretive Speech and Drama from the Iowa State Teacher's College in 1914. After beginning her career as a teacher at Independence High School, she accepted a position in the Theatre Department working alongside Bertha Martin to teach oral interpretation and drama as well as to direct productions.
She earned a Master's degree in English and Drama from Columbia University in 1923 and rose to the rank of professor in the Iowa State Teacher's College Department of Languages, Speech and Theatre in 1947. Throughout her career, Ms. Strayer continued her professional development by working with George Baker at Yale and doing Broadway and Off-Broadway work as a costumer and wardrobe mistress.
She is responsible for beginning the fund drive for the theatre in which we now work and bringing what was the Iowa State Teacher’s College into national prominence as one of the nation’s premiere theatre education schools. She retired from teaching in 1956.
2016-17 Hazel Strayer Memorial Scholarship Recipient: