Loyce Arthur

Loyce Arthur

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
costume design, masks & puppetry
BA, University of Pennsylvania

MFA, New York University
member, United Scenic Artists 829
Office: 
142 TB

Phone: 
319.353.2409


Loyce is an associate professor of design.  She has designed costumes for numerous productions including the US premiere of Peter Pan & Wendy at the Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia; Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, which won a special OBIE award; Box Office of the Damned at the Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York, and The Brothers Sun and Moon at the Kennedy Center for the performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Most recently she designed Peer Gynt and The 39 Steps at Portland Stage Company, Portland Maine and Black Pearl Sings! at Interact Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA, which, won the 2010 Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, (Barrymore Awards). 

Her design work at The University of Iowa includes The Tattoo Girl, 14, Reefer Madness, The Magic Flute, The Learned Ladies and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. In 2004 Loyce designed costumes and masks for Shadows of the Reef with distinguished theatre artist Anton Juan and then was invited by Juan to design costumes for Nocturnal Wanderer and Brokenville in Athens, Greece in 2005. From 2006-2010 she was a guest artist at Mahogany Mas Camp in the UK working with award winning Carnival designer Clary Salandy.

Research Awards include an Old Gold Award to study mask making with Donato Satori in Italy and a West African Research Association fellowship to study ritual and performance in Ghana. Other research grants have broadened her knowledge of Balinese mask traditions, East Indian Kutiyattam and Kathakali theatre forms and West African Research traditional arts and performance. In 2004 she presented her work on Trinidad Carnival at a symposium in Santiago de Cuba and she has researched carnival traditions in the UK, Toronto Canada, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, the Netherlands, Trinidad and around the world. She was co-director of the 2001 National Theatre Mask Conference, the first of its kind ever held in the United States. Loyce is currently on the executive board of the Iowa Center for Human Rights. She is also Co-Director of the Caribbean Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program and is coordinating a 2013 Caribbean Carnival community arts project and exhibit of Carnival costumes in partnership with the University of Iowa Museum of Art and Hancher Auditorium.

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