Theatre Arts Centennial Graphic. E.C. Mabie Theatre outline with fireworks.

Theatre Arts Centennial Celebration


The 2020-2021 season will mark the 100th anniversary of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts.

Although our plans for the season have been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still looking forward to celebrating with you virtually all season long! Our season will feature works by playwriting alumni, as well as works by our current graduate and undergraduate students.

View our 2020-2021 Centennial Season Schedule

We also look forward to welcoming you all back to Iowa City and the Theatre Building for an in-person Centennial Celebration in October 2021, where we will not only celebrate our history, but our transition into the future. Additional details for that celebration will be shared as soon as they are available.

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Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt our plans for this celebration!

Please note, our season is subject to change.

Iowa Magazine

In its centennial year, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts celebrates its legacy of innovation in play development—and speaks to the social issues of our time. Read the complete article below.

Gene Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and a Century of Iowa Drama

Shouting from the Prairie: A 100th Anniversary Documentary

The timing is right for a comprehensive examination of this amazing journey. So, to honor our historical rite of passage we intend to create a video documentary examining the department’s origins and its century-long influence on theatre, film, and television. Thank you to all who donated to our GOLDrush campaign to make this possible! We appreciate your support!