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Community Engagement

Darwin Turner Action Theatre

Darwin Turner Action Theatre (DTAT) is the social outreach component for the Theatre Arts Department. It was originally established in 1968 as Black Action Theatre. Its mission was to expose Iowa audiences to African-American culture and promote knowledge and understanding to people of different backgrounds. DTAT is now more culturally and socially inclusive, reflecting the growing diversity of our state and country. It presents dynamic, thought-provoking pieces of theatre for social and cultural awareness.

Topics include:

  • race/cultural identity
  • gender
  • racial/age/sexual discrimination
  • historical biographies and events

With offerings for all ages, DTAT's performances and workshops are interactive and aimed to provoke awareness and discussion.


Arts Share

Arts Share offers schools and communities around the state a variety of opportunities including interactive performances, workshops, readings, residencies, master classes, and recitals. Our goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. Arts Share artists have traveled as far as Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Buffalo Center, Keokuk, and Lamoni to present their chosen field. We have visited most of the state’s 99 counties and continue to expand.

Almost 100 UI faculty and graduate students are available through Arts Share. To find out how to bring the arts to your school and/or community, please visit artshare.uiowa.edu or contact:

Leslie Finer
Arts Share Administrator