Borderless is an event series created by the Department of Theatre Arts to produce theatrical works representing a wide diversity of experiences. We believe this is essential for students, faculty, administrators, and community members (in our predominantly white institution and town) to encounter onstage. The initiative emerged in spring 2020 under the name “Diverse Voices” and was renamed Borderless in the fall of 2020 to more clearly embrace its essential pillar: collaboration.

We’re dedicated to working beyond the walls of the Theatre Building and permeating borders between university departments, across campus, and beyond, to the professional theatre world.

In collaboration with our University of Iowa Student Cultural Houses, Borderless aims to:

  • Provide a tailored, collaborative theatrical experience to artists with unique perspectives
  • Give students the opportunity to work alongside an artist outside of the university
  • Encourage collaboration with students and faculty of other departments and programs on campus
  • Introduce audiences to a compelling new perspective.

2023-24 Borderless Series

Funding for the Borderless Series is provided by The David and Jean Schaal Fund for Theatre Arts.

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Borderless presents I'm Writing to You Today

Friday, September 15 12:00pm to Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:59pm
Theatre Building
I'm Writing to You Today is an environmental audio experience that will lead you through campus in the footsteps of our queer ancestors. Listeners will be able to go alone or in pairs to reimagine campus as the backdrop for historical queer love letters. This outdoor experience will begin at the University of Iowa Theatre Building (200 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City, Iowa) and will last approximately one hour. The podcast will be available for digital download on Apple Podcasts and Spotify...
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Borderless presents Estamos Aquí: An All-Latin Celebration

Friday, September 15, 2023 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Kicking Off Hispanic Heritage Month, JOIN US for “Estamos Aquí: An All-Latin Celebration.” With inspiration from Borderless’ “An All-Black Affair,” Estamos Aquí is a student-organized artistic showcase designed to celebrate Latin culture, art, and community. At the same time, providing a safe, fun, and interactive space for Latin students to explore what it means to be aquí at the University of Iowa.  Comenzando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, ÚNETE A NOSOTROS para “Estamos Aquí: Una Celebración...
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Borderless presents An All-Black Affair: Soulful Celebration

Thursday, February 1, 2024 7:00pm
Theatre Building
An All-Black Affair is a student-run event that showcases the artistic talents of Black and African students and folks in the greater Iowa City community. This year the event is titled Soulful Celebration. The theme is inspired by the legendary television series Soul Train so please come dressed to impress in your best 70's wear! This event is open to all races and ethnicities. Please join us as we kick off Black History Month with a night of singing, comedy, dancing, and games with prizes...


Contact our Borderless coordinator:

Portrait of Scott Bradley, MFA

Scott Bradley, MFA

Visiting Assistant Professor
Learn more about Scott Bradley, Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Iowa.