Breath Behind the Mask. Text over top of a blue surgical mask.

Breath Behind the Mask

Jun 26, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 7:30pm



The virtual performance of this work will take place on Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Watch Breath Behind the Mask here!

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has shifted its Summer Partnership in the Arts program online this year.

Breath Behind the Mask is a developmental work created by Nambi E. Kelley and Daniel Carlton based on a collaborative devising model which draws from student’s personal experiences of race, identity, and privilege. This work has also been created in response to the writing of a number of prominent literary artists including, Maya Angelou, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ralph Ellison, and Audre Lorde. With the restrictions imposed by the current conditions of “social distancing,” we are reimagining the way theatre is created. This presentation is the culmination of four weeks of work and is shared as an unfinished work in process.

This performance contains adult language, racially charged language, mention of suicide, implied violence, depictions of sexual harassment, and discussions of police brutality.

Virtual Lobby

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

Iowa City Press-Citizen article

The Daily Iowan article


Cast of Summer Partnership in the Arts
Role Name
Leela Leela Bassuk
Michael Michael Francis
Lexi Lexi Healey
Britny Britny Horton
Octavius Octavius Lanier
Brandon Brandon Trevino
Rachel Rachel Wade
Steven/Gier Steven Willis

Artistic Team

Artistic team of Summer Partnership in the Arts
Title Name
Director Daniel Carlton
Master Playwright Nambi E. Kelley
Graduate Playwright Jarek Pastor
Undergraduate Playwright Jivani Rodriguez
Associate Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Associate Director Erica Vannon
Dramaturg/Playwright Luke Daniel White
Art Director Courtney Gaston
Art Director Bethany Kasperek
Video Editor/Broadcast Director Nick Coso
Video Editor/Broadcast Director Chelsea June
Sound Designer Harry Daley-Young
Stage Manager Mady Davis
Stage Manager Olivia Leslie

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.