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.
The primary focus of Ms. Berghammer’s creative work has been in the development of
performance pieces, Theatre in Education programs, and staged productions that focus on
critical social issues or works designed specifically for spectrum specific youth audiences.
In 2014 Professor Berghammer received the Autism Society of Iowa Stephen Tsai Award for
Excellence in Autism Education.