Why Iowa?

We're known for producing original work—created by students, guided by professors, and performed in state-of-the-art spaces. You'll get the hands-on experience and training you need for success.

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Student performances & events

Iowa Theatre students have the opportunity to participate in 25-30 diverse productions each academic year--from classic to brand-new works, and from fully-staged productions on a big stage to workshops and readings in intimate settings. You'll be able to share your growing artistry with receptive, warm audiences in a variety of settings! 

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Mainstage Production

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Into the Woods

Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Graduate Gallery Series

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The Obituary

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:00pm
Theatre Building
While volunteering at a hospice ward, a high school senior in Singapore was asked to write an obituary. The obituary unraveled the untold story of a diasporic family and led the 18-year-old to reimagine her “American Dream.” This is a memory play, or, an obituary itself.
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Undergrad Workshop Series

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Enter our Virtual Lobby

Visit our Virtual Lobby to view online playbills for the 2023-24 season and recent productions!

Virtual Lobby is where you can find play synopses; cast, crew, and creative team member lists and bios; and notes from directors and dramaturgs.

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See yourself here

As a Theatre Arts student, you'll be part of a welcoming and supportive community that is constantly producing. Be a part of building every production from ground up.

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Theatre Arts students with a double major

undergraduate student Virginia Muturi on the stage during a performance of Something Rotten!

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Student-led productions of original work each year

Faculty member Eric Stone instructs an undergraduate student wearing an Iowa Hawkeyes T-shirt, in his scenery design classroom

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Student-to-faculty ratio in MFA program

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Choose Your Path

You'll help to create, develop, and present brand-new plays—and learn the creative, technical, and interpersonal skills you'll need for professional success in theatre.

Study with nationally respected faculty mentors. Join a successful alumni network.

Faculty

Our professors are active and well-connected in the professional theatre world. You'll get to job-shadow working theatre professionals and intern at theatre companies, and Iowa alumni form a supportive network of professional contacts.

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Alumni

Iowa playwrights have worked on and off Broadway and in TV and film. They have won MacArthur Genuis Awards, Obie Awards, Emmy Awards, have been nominated for Tony Awards, and have written Oscar-nominated films.

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