A Scene from GOOD KIDS


Theatre Arts has about 200 undergraduate majors and 47 graduate students in the department, with many other students also taking our classes and participating in our productions.  With ~25 productions each year, there are hundreds of acting opportunities and many options for students who want to work behind the scenes (as a designer, stage manager, board op, run crew or in the shops). 

Theatre Arts at Iowa is big enough to have something going on all the time, yet small enough so people really get to know one another.

News for Current Students

Remembering David Schaal and Dr. Thomas D. Pawley, Jr.

David Schaal
Emeritus Professor of Playwriting & Dramatic Literature

We are sad to report that Emeritus Professor David Schaal died on July 12, 2016.  David was a member of the department faculty for many years, teaching courses in theatre history, play analysis and directing. He served as the primary mentor for doctoral students and directed productions by many of the great classical playwrights. He and his wife, Jean, endowed two funds which provide scholarships for students in directing and playwriting. In addition, they supported the work of design students and gave generously to the department’s general fund. David was a man of great integrity -- thoughtful, courageous and caring. We will miss him.

Dr. Thomas D. Pawley, Jr.
MA 1939, PhD 1949, The University of Iowa

Dr. Thomas D. Pawley of Jefferson City, Missouri passed Sunday night (August 31, 2016).  He was 98 years old and enjoyed life to the end even though he was ill.  Dr. Pawley was a true Renaissance man who made his students not only better practitioners of theatre, but more importantly, he made his students grateful for the opportunity to make life better.  Dr. Pawley was a great administrator, a creative playwright, an exceptional teacher, and a loving husband, father, and humanitarian.  Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor, his brilliant mind, and his caring manner. 

Music/Theatre Double Major

Looking to combine your ability/interest in theatre & dance or theatre & singing?  The Departments of Theatre Arts, Dance and Music have joined forces to offer two tracks for students to train in Musical Theatre.  By choosing a Voice Emphasis or Dance Emphasis, students focus their undergraduate training towards a career in Muscial Theatre.  John Cameron leads this exciting new offering at the University of Iowa.  Link to the Music/Theatre Double Major page.

GOOD KIDS Documentary

Link to a full length documentary video produced by Allyson Malandra about the making of and issues address in Naomi Izuka's new play.


Link to a video produced by IowaNow about the creation of our mainstage production of Moliere's classic.


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