Department of Theatre Arts COVID-19 Updates

Message from the DEO

Dear Department of Theatre Arts Students,

During this time of transition, we want to thank you for your patience as we assess the situation we are all in and put procedures in place. Your faculty, as expected, are thinking of you and how to serve your continuing education. They are wonderfully creative teachers and scholars who are working hard to make sure they are able to give you the best instruction under these restrictive parameters. We are well aware of your resilience, adaptability, and ability to embrace any challenge you are given. That comes with being a student of Theatre Arts. Please be kind to each other, as this is a difficult time for everyone. Check in on each other and keep us updated about how you are doing. Personally, I will miss seeing your faces in the lobby and hearing your laughter from my office. Things may change and we will keep you updated as new information develops.  

Below you will find information that will answer many of your questions.

Be well and continue to grow!

Kind Regards,
Mary Beth Easley

Updates from the Field

Read about our MFA Alumnus, Lucas Ingram, and his work on the Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Tony Awards, and Art Direction in a story published by the University of Iowa.

Jivani Rodriguez's writing has been published at and her play read on 3.25 at the Here is a link to the 16-minute reading of play, entitled Shadows of the Wall: A Quarantine Play.

Frequently Asked Questions

For up-to-date University statements on COVID-19:

For general student questions:

I’ve never taken a class online. Where do I get help with technology questions?

What are the dates currently included in the virtual instruction window?
The university is delaying the start of virtual instruction by one week. Courses will now resume Monday, March 30, and will be conducted virtually through the rest of the spring semester.

Will the Theatre Arts Building remain open?
The Theatre Arts Building is closed on March 17.

Can I use the classrooms to rehearse scenes?
The classrooms will not be available during the virtual instruction window.

Are events canceled?
Events are canceled through the end of the spring semester. The Arts Iowa calendar has the most up-to-date information.

Are rehearsals canceled?
All rehearsals are canceled. No offsite rehearsals will be allowed.

Auditions for the Summer Partnership in the Arts program will be submitted online as a video by March 27, with callbacks conducted via Zoom or Skype. Check the online callboard for more information.

If I am a student worker, will I still have a job? Am I required to work?
Student workers who are available and willing to work should contact their supervisor.