Production is what we create and where we create it; a single reading of a new play, a 2-week run of a mainstage production, or our artistic home, since 1935 – the Theatre Building.

2023/24 Full Season
Mainstage Season
Gallery Season
Iowa New Play Festival
Partnership in the Arts
Summer Partnership in the Arts
Community Engagement

For the many Gallery, Workshops, and Readings, students utilize the Theatre Building classrooms for rehearsals – which are scheduled on a weekly basis (Request a Room). Productions are approved through an annual application process. Properties and Costumes may be borrowed for many of these productions.

Rehearsal Regulations
Costumes Information
Properties Information

Useful guidelines, forms, calendars (pdfs):
Application for 2023-2024 Gallery and Workshop Submissions - DEADLINE: Saturday, April 1, 2023
Checkout Guidelines for Electrics
Checkout Guidelines for Properties
Guidelines for Gallery Productions (Non-Mainstage Guidelines)


Rehearsal Regulations

These regulations are established to encourage a healthy balance between the needs of departmental productions and the academic and personal needs of students.

Should exceptions need to be made, they require prior written consent of the Director of Theatre.

  • Prior to auditions, the Production Stage Manager (Sam Goblirsch-Paradis), in consultation with the Director of Theatre (Bryon Winn), and the DEO (Mary Beth Easley) will post a comprehensive list of dates affecting the productions that are casting. The dates include first rehearsals, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances, and closing dates. The list will also draw attention to dates that may coincide with days of religious commemoration and University holidays. It is the actor’s responsibility to check his or her schedule before auditions and note all conflicts on the audition form. The production’s rehearsal and performance schedule will take all bona-fide conflicts into account. In agreeing to accept a role, the actor agrees to the schedule.
  • The rehearsal period for full-length productions is six weeks, including tech week. Directors wishing more than this amount must receive approval from the DOT (Director of Theatre).
  • Rehearsals will not be held during University vacations, with the following exceptions: Sunday evening after Thanksgiving; Tuesday before the beginning of second semester (one week before classes); and Sunday at the end of Spring break. The DOT must approve these exceptions. When approved, the maximum rehearsal call is six hours out of seven and a half, or a straight six hours.
  • During tech, performance, and strike: actors may not rehearse a second production while they are rehearsing or performing in another.
  • No members of the production team – including actors, stage managers, and technicians – may be called for rehearsal more than 24 hours per week. During the last five days before opening they may be called no more than 30 hours. The week is Monday through Sunday.
  • Prior to tech week, the company must have at least one weekend day off each week. A full day shall be 24 hours in addition to the regular 12 hours required at the end of each work day. No actor may be called to rehearse the day before the first technical rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals may not last longer than 4 hours a day Monday through Friday, or 6 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. Rehearsal normally begins at 8:00 on Monday, 7:00 Tuesday through Friday, and not before 10:00 am on weekends.
  • There must be a 5-minute break after 55 minutes of work or a 10-minute break after 80 minutes of work. Rehearsals may not last longer than 5 hours without a 90-minute break. (The company may vote to reduce this break to 60 minutes.) There will be a minimum of 12 hours break between the end of work on one day and the beginning of work on the next.
  • All rehearsals, except technical rehearsals, must end no later than 11:00. Technical rehearsals – including notes and post rehearsal business – must end no later than midnight.
  • Any student who, a week in advance, is asked and agrees to participate in any way in Playwrights Workshop, is excused from rehearsal until 8:00 or the end of the reading.

Technical rehearsals may last no longer than 8 out of 10 hours (a majority vote of the company may make the break shorter than two hours).

Costumes for Gallery Productions

It is possible to check out a limited number of costumes for use in gallery productions. See the Costume Stock Manager during the hours posted in the costume shop. ALL costumes used for gallery productions must be signed out with the Costume Stock Manager.

You are responsible for anything you sign out from the costume shop. This includes keeping the costumes locked in a secure place when not in use. Be aware that you may be asked to have the costumes washed or dry cleaned before you return them. Any necessary cleaning will be done at your own expense. Individuals borrowing costumes for galleries should take care to figure the cleaning of costumes into their budgets. Further information about costume use for galleries may be found in the Non-Mainstage Guidelines.

Furniture for Gallery Productions

Furniture and other set pieces may be checked out from the Props Storage Manager for gallery productions only. Furniture may not be checked out for classroom use. Details of the policy regarding checkout can be found in the Non-Mainstage Guidelines. You may not take a piece of furniture without checking it out.  All furniture, platforms, etc. MUST be returned to the proper storage area, usually the cubbies on the Mabie slip stage. Do not leave returned furniture in the shop or slip stage area. You are responsible for the care and maintenance of anything checked out.

Classroom furniture, i.e., rehearsal cubes, tables, and classroom chairs are not to be used for production and must not be removed from their assigned classrooms. The cubes and table marked with a 'P' may be used for rehearsals and performances in Alan MacVey Theatre.