Crescendo Artwork

Iowa Partnership in the Arts: Crescendo

Oct 09, 2014 to Oct 19, 2014
Paola Coletto, Matteo Destro, Paul Kalina, John Rapson, and David Bills
Directed by: 
Paola Coletto and Matteo Destro
David Thayer Theatre


How do we embrace the individual talents of students and teachers without reducing them to data sheets, standardized testing, and government mandates? This year’s Iowa Partnership in the Arts production is a funny and touching new piece that explores how the Industrial Revolution still impacts our educational system. Utilizing a new form of masks by Italian mask creator Matteo Destro and original jazz compositions by UI Jazz Studies Director John Rapson, Crescendo examines how our technical evolution shapes today’s society.

The Iowa Partnership in the Arts program was established in 1992 to support the creation of major new works of theatrical art. Nationally and internationally respected guest artists collaborate with students and faculty to present adventuresome new works, many of which have gone on to be productions throughout the country. This program is part of a long tradition of UI faculty and students collaborating with professional artists to develop new work.

This project has been made possible by the University of Iowa Internal Funding Initiatives, the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiatives, Creating the Future funded by the Division of Performing Arts, and the CLAS Excellence and Innovation Fund.

Link to an article from the Daily Iowan.

Link to an article from the Obermann Center about the creation of CRESCENDO.


List of Cast Members for Crescendo
Valeria Avina
Felipe Carrasco*
Ari Craven*
Aneisa Hicks
Morris Hill
Paul Kalina**
Alay Arcelus Macazaga
Allyson Jean Malandra**
Bre Anna McNeill*
Chris Rangel
Damitri Taylor*
Rubina Vidal*

Artistic Team

List of Artistic Team for Crescendo
Writer/Director/Collaborator Paola Coletto
Writer/Director/Mask Creator/Collaborator Matteo Destro
Composer/Music Director/Collaborator John Rapson
Collaborator Paul Kalina
Collaborator David Bills
Scenic Designer Kevin Dudley
Costume Designer Jae Hee Kim
Assistant Costume Designer Desiree Smith
Lighting Designer Bryon Winn
Assistant Lighting Designer Joshua Hinden
Sound Designer Andrew Stewart
Vocal Director Anne Marie Nest**
Dramaturg Madison Colquette
Stage Manager Alison Kochman**
Assistant Stage Manager Kelsey Petersen
Assistant Stage Manager Lauren Watt*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.
**Member of Actors' Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Production Photos

The start of a Dream?

The Band during CRESCENDO

The Master of Ceremonies holds court

Is she smiling or frowning?

Bernie's playing games.

Tests will be graded.

A Scene from CRESCENDO