We imagine it. We create it.

We imagine it. We create it.

In the Department of Theatre Arts, we are constantly producing. We build every production from the ground up, whether we are writing new plays or envisioning brand-new ways to tell beloved stories from the past. Students are at the heart of producing every event, from staging our full-scale mainstage productions to workshopping new plays still being created. 

Here are some of the places we create and show our artistry.

Our productions

View the variety of ways we create and produce from mainstage productions to small, intimate readings.

Get involved

Majors, non-majors, and community members alike can get involved in production with the Theatre department at Iowa.


Our innovative environment and course offerings help you create your own story and excel academically.

Explore our spaces

In an artistic community, and with state-of-the-art technology our program is designed to support the creation of new work.

2023-24 Mainstage Productions

Macbeth       Men on Boats       Dance Nation      Into the Woods       In the Red and Brown Water

Production History

We have a history of producing a high volume of high-quality work every year. Check out our Virtual Lobby to see what we've created since our 2011–2012 season.

Get involved with production

We offer many ways to get involved with productions for majors, non-majors, and community members.

On-stage opportunities

We have many opportunities for you to participate in our productions, even if you are not a Theatre major or a student. We welcome everyone who would like to audition for productions.


Audition Information

Non-performing opportunities

Can’t live without running shows backstage? Got to Stage Manage? Love working in a box office or ushering? There are ~25 productions a year that need this kind of support. Some positions are for academic credit, some are for pay, and others are as a volunteer.

Costume Construction
Emily Bushá

Stage Management
Melissa Turner
Costume Design
Loyce Arthur
Scenic Design
Loyce Arthur
Lighting & Sound Design
Bryon Winn
Box Office & Ushering
Katie McClellen
Running Shows:
Back Stage or in the Booth

Samantha Goblirsch-Paradis


Over-hire in the shops

At the start of each semester, the scene shop, costume shop, and electrics shop all accept applications for over-hire workers. Contact the shop heads directly for more information.

Costume Shop
Emily Bushá
Scene Shop
Rob Durham
Electric Shop
Joshua Nathanson
theatre acting student with children in a theatre summer camp

Taking theatre into the community

In addition to performing on our stages or working behind the scenes, you'll also have the opportunity to play a vital role for local Iowa audiences of all ages at K-12 schools, libraries, museums, hospitals, community colleges, other performance venues, and workshops to increase exposure to the arts, build social and cultural awareness, and provoke awareness and discussion about a variety of culturally and socially inclusive topics.

The education behind the production

At Iowa, you'll learn-by-doing in an innovative environment where you can develop your unique voice through our comprehensive theatre training, individual attention, and production opportunities. Create your own story in our unsurpassed artistic community, alongside seasoned professionals, and in facilities with state-of-the-art technology designed to support the creation of new work.

Where we create

Learn, perform, research, experience, and grow in our three unique theatre spaces, Motion Caption and Virtual Reality (MoCaP/VR) studio, ABW 360 sound and media classroom, acting studio and classrooms, costume and scene shops, and design and lighting labs. See where all the action takes place!