Essential Workers: A Portrait. Photo collage of police officer, doctor, farmer, teacher, truck driver.

Essential Workers: A Portrait

Nov 14, 2020 to Dec 15, 2020
Directed by: 
Alan MacVey
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00pm


Essential Workers: A Portrait brings to the screen seven individuals – a doctor, a firefighter, a truck driver, a teacher, and three more – to help us appreciate why they are, indeed, essential. Over the course of seven episodes we will talk with each of them, watch as their portraits are drawn, and see a series of short plays that illuminate something special about the person and the work they do.

Watch the Performance Online

Click here for the playlist to watch Essential Workers: A Portrait. Or, watch the episode(s) of your choice by using the links below.

Essential Workers Episode #1 – Grocery Worker
Essential Workers Episode #2 – CDC Doctor
Essential Workers Episode #3 – Teacher
Essential Workers Episode #4 – Firefighter
Essential Workers Episode #5 – Doctor/Educator

Essential Workers Episode #6 – Police Officer (contains adult language)
Essential Workers Episode #7 – Truck Driver

These performances will be available through December 15, 2020.

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.


The Daily Iowan (November 17, 2020)

Alan MacVey on Talk of Iowa (November 19, 2020)


This event is free and will be presented online.

All performance dates are subject to change. Please visit our website or the Arts Iowa Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

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.