Borderless: A Series of Collaborations Across Campus and Beyond



Borderless is a series curated by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts that is dedicated to producing an array of theatrical works representative of the diversity of experiences essential for students, faculty, administrators, and greater Iowa City community members to encounter onstage. As a predominantly-white institution (PWI), this initiative emerged in spring 2020 under the name “Diverse Voices” and has been 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 to the professional theatre world.

Borderless aims to a) provide a tailored, collaborative theatrical experience to an artist sharing a unique perspective, b) the opportunity for our students to work alongside an artist outside of the university, c) encourage collaboration with students and faculty of other departments and programs on campus, and d) introduce audiences that are regular Department of Theatre Arts production attendees as well as new theatregoers to view a compelling event told from a what will hopefully be a new perspective.

The inaugural event of the series was a staged reading and discussion of Reconciliation by Marisa Carr (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) in the spring of 2020. Click here to see all past Borderless events.

Upcoming Events

I'm Writing to You Today

Created by Ann Kreitman
August 17–September 23, 2022

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 are 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 beginning Wednesday, August 17 and will be available through September 23. You can also listen in your browser.

I'm Writing to You Today is a gift to the LGBTQ+ community of Iowa, celebrating the fact that we always have and always will find our path to love.

This experience was created in collaboration with the Pride Alliance Center.

Ann Kreitman is an MFA candidate in directing and certificate candidate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. Ann has presented work in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, and specializes in creating original theatrical events with a focus on lesbian and queer history-telling and mythmaking. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society and formerly served as the Co-Artistic Director of (re)discover theatre. Her portfolio can be viewed at

An All Black Affair

September 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM in MacVey Theatre and the Cafe

Borderless and Afro House presents An All Black Affair, a student-organized artistic showcase that aims to provide a safe space for black students and student-artists to form community while engaging with the greater student population in a fun, informative, and interactive way.

We encourage everyone to come dressed in their favorite all-black attire.

Performers schedule to appear: Steven Willis, Braxten Jones, Talia Howard, Monte J. Howell, A. Emmanuel Leadon, Garin Clinton-Nelson, Garianna Clinton-Nelson, Michael Taylor II, Arabia, Parkey, Isaac Addai, plus special guests

Artistic Team: Isaac Addai, Arabia Parkey, Michael Taylor II, Dajzane Meadows-Sanderlin, Victor Maldonado, and Savanha Moore

Audience Disclaimer: Language

Past Events

Click here to see all past Borderless events and for links to those that were captured via Zoom recordings.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored-events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700.