Department of Theatre

Faculty & Staff

Gretta Berghammer
Title: 
Professor

Gretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the

University of Northern Iowa.  She serves as the Artistic Director for the Sturgis Youth Theatre, a 

community-based theatre providing class and production-related experiences for students ages 

4-16. In 2010 she founded the Spectrum Theatre program for kids on and off the Autism 

Spectrum which provides in and after school drama based interventions that best support the 

development of pretend play, social interaction and non-verbal communication.  

Richard Glockner
Title: 
Associate Professor

Professor Glockner co-founded and was Assistant Artistic Director of The Actor's Space Inc. in New York City (an off-off Broadway company and actor training program.) His credits as an actor include such soap operas as One Life to Live and The Doctors, numerous theatrical appearances in New York City, regional theatre, film and commercial work.

Cynthia Goatley
Title: 
Professor

Dr. Goatley came to UNI in 1992 after teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to that time, she taught at a number of colleges and universities including: Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Trinity University in Texas, and the University of Houston.

Ron Koinzan
Title: 
Instructor, Scenic Studio Technical Director

Ron Koinzan started at the University of Northern Iowa in 2007. He earned his MFA in Technical Production at Humboldt State University in 2003. Prior to moving to Iowa he served as the Technical Director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Title: 
Department Secretary

Tange joined the department in 2006. As its sole support person, she supplies the grease that helps keep the creative wheel turning.

Eric Lange
Title: 
Department Head/Associate Professor

Professor Lange came to UNI from Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he worked as Technical Director for three years. He has also worked in such venues as The Alley Theatre in Houston, The Dallas Theatre Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. 

Amy Osatinski
Department: 
Position: 
Faculty
Title: 
Assistant Professor

Amy Osatinski is a scholar, teacher, director, designer, and performer who holds a PhD. in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MA in Education from the University of Colorado Denver. Amy has extensive experience as a performer and director including directing the Colorado regional premiere of Spring Awakening the Musical, and taking a new musical, At Buffalo, to the New York Musical Theatre Festival along with the show's creators.

Mark Parrott
Title: 
Assistant Professor

For the past twelve years, Mark A. Parrott has worked as a designer and taught classes in theatrical design and production at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Theatre. During his tenure at UNI, Mark has designed scenery for productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream, Antigone, La Serva Pedrona, Gianni Schicchi, The Threepenny Opera, and lighting for A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, Three Sisters, and The Music Lesson, among others.

Amy RohrBerg
Title: 
Associate Professor, Costume Studio Technical Director

Professor RohrBerg's work as a costume designer has included engagements at Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois; The Barn Theatre of Augusta, Michigan; Peoria Civic Opera in Illinois; and The Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa. She is an active member of USITT and her specialties include mask making, Kabuki Theatre, and millinery.

Steve Taft
Title: 
Associate Professor


Steve Taft (B.S.E., M.A., Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor and faculty member in the Department of Theatre. Since arriving in Iowa he has worked as a guest actor and director at the Old Creamery Theatre and the Okoboji Summer Theatre over several seasons and elsewhere. He is the author of The Theatre in YOU published by Great River Learning and premiering in the fall of 2017. For more info go to: www.stevetaft.com

Matthew James Weedman, Assistant Professor
Title: 
Assistant Professor

Matthew Weedman received his MFA from the School of Theatre Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked extensively in film and television and as an actor and director in theatres around the US. Matt is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Jennifer Sheshko, Assistent Professor
Title: 
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Sheshko is originally from Montreal, Quebec and received her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her scenic and costume design credits include Quills (MECCA nomination 2008 for best costume design), Fallen Angel Productions; The Elusive, Table d’Hote Productions; Anything Goes and Marat-Sade, Indiana University.