• A Scene from CRESCENDO

    Production Mainstage

    Our Mainstage Season: 5 shows each year (classics, musicals, plays by contemporary writers and new work). This Fall, CRESCENDO brought a team of internationally nationally known artists to create new work with students and faculty.

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  • A Scene from QUIET, WITCHES

    Production Gallery Season

    Our Gallery Season presents ~15 new plays each year by graduate and undergraduate writers.
    Playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, designers, actors, stage managers, technicians and audiences collaborate on new works.


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  • A Scene from CRESCENDO

    Undergraduate Passion for Success

    Our undergraduate program offers in-depth training in every aspect of theatre, developing the skills needed in every contemporary career: creativity, collaboration, leadership, and the ability to complete a complex project on time.

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  • MFA designer Josh Christofferson's table

    Graduate In the Studio & On Stage

    Actors, designers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights and stage managers all have their own intensive MFA programs of study – in the studio and on stage – working together on ~25 productions each year, including ~15 new plays by student writers.

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Join an artistic community at the cutting edge.

Join an artistic community at the cutting edge.

A comprehensive education in theatre with a special emphasis on new work

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, including the option to Double Major in Music & Theatre or Dance & Theatre
  • MFA in Theatre, with specialties in Acting, Design, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, and Stage Management
  • Iowa Summer Rep is the Professional Arm of the Theatre Arts Department
  • Partnership in the Arts brings distinguished artists to create major new works with students.