Friends of Theatre UNI is a non-profit organization of volunteers, faculty, and alumni who raise funds for the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre and its students. Friends supports the university's theatre productions through scholarships, departmental purchases, and meals. Ninety percent of all Friends donations go directly to the students.
The organization has three major goals:
- To raise funds.
- To increase awareness of the Department of Theatre at UNI.
- To increase awareness of the arts in the university community and the entire Cedar Valley.
Since its inception in 1977 as STAGE, Inc., Friends has awarded substantial scholarship funding to theatre students. The organization has also provided a listening system for the hearing impaired, meals for cast and crew members during the strike of each production, coat racks in the lobby for patrons, kitchen facilities in the Greenroom, and furnishings and decor in the North and South lobbies.