• Photo of Theatre Building Lobby.

    PRODUCTION Theatre Arts Virtual Lobby

    Visit the Virtual Lobby of the Department of Theatre Arts to learn more about our productions, casts, and creative teams.

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  • A scene from SMILE MEDICINE

    Mainstage Our 21-22 Season

    Our 21-22 mainstage offerings included 4 productions in E.C. Mabie Theatre, most recently SMILE MEDICINE.

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  • Brillian Qi-Bell and Alexi Bolden, photo by Tim Schoon

    Student Success Iowa Theatre Arts students awarded national scholarships

    Alexi Bolden received a scholarship that is a partnership between Saturday Night Live and Chicago's Second City; Brillian Qi-Bell will join the inaugural Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program.

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  • A scene from BONNETS

    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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  • A scene from OUR LADY OF 121st STREET

    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 30+ productions & events each year.

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returning to Broadway as Professor MacGonagall in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in October

will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of Chicago Fire

will be starring in upcoming films Trial of the Chicago 7, Monuments, and Pins

starring as Kid Prince in KID PRINCE AND PABLO, a world premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center

co-founder of Project Save Our Surf and recently starred in film Two Ways Home


Join us in a community that is as challenging as it is supportive.

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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, including an emphasis in Musical Theatre
  • MFA in Theatre, with specialties in Acting, Design, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, and Stage Management
  • Double majors are encouraged (75% of our students do)
  • At least 20 guest artists a year