The mission of the Department of Theatre is to create theatre which excites and which illuminates the human condition in ways that are relevant to students, audiences, community members, teachers and guest artists.  To this end, the department offers coursework and productions that are diverse, creative and participatory, serving students who want to prepare for a life in the theatre and also students who want to prepare a place for theatre in their lives.  We create theatre, and in this process, educate.

The Strayer-Wood Theatre, as the home of the Department of Theatre on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, strives to produce theatre which allows an opportunity for student creation and participation, and nurtures and entertains the University Community and the Cedar Valley.  Strayer-Wood Theatre productions are innovative, captivating, real theatre.