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. We look forward to celebrating with you all season long!

More information about the season and all Theatre Arts Centennial Celebration events will be shared on our website and we encourage you to share your current contact information with us here:

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Postponed-Theatre Arts Centennial Celebration Opening Weekend

Updated July 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has made the decision to postpone our in-person Opening Weekend Centennial Celebration that was originally scheduled for October 9-11, 2020.

The celebration will be rescheduled for fall 2021, where we will celebrate not only our history, but our transition into the future. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Iowa City and the Theatre Building for the celebration at that time!

In the meantime, our 2020-21 season will continue by commemorating 100 years with an emphasis on our very own Iowa playwrights. Additional information about our season will be made available later this summer.

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

Canceled-Theatre Arts Centennial National Party

Updated March 12, 2020

As you may have heard, to proactively maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and patients, the University of Iowa is suspending face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break. The university will move to virtual instruction beginning March 23, 2020, and continue online courses through at least April 3, 2020.

In an effort to be proactive as well, the Department of Theatre Arts has decided to cancel our Centennial Celebration National Party in all three locations: Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our gracious party hosts in each location for all of their work in securing venues and making plans for an exciting event. For those who purchased tickets in advance to these parties, we are working with the party hosts to process your refund.

If you haven't already shared your current contact information, please do so using our online form above so you don't miss out all of our exciting plans for the Centennial.

The full announcement and all university updates related to COVID-19 may be found here:

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!