Each year the Theatre and Dance Department stages three to four main productions. We tackle a broad range of performances spanning standards like Shakespeare and Sondheim, to edgy and contemporary works such as Big Love and Marat/Sade. We often stage new works with guest playwrights working with the actors and director throughout the rehearsal process (Birthwitches). We also devise our own productions; a collaborative approach wherein the ensemble creates the script from scratch (Here and Now). We frequently stage an operetta or musical like our recent productions of Avenue Q and Company.
Guest Artist Program
Our Guest Artist Program brings professionals from all areas of theatre into our classrooms and production processes. The program began with our long-standing relationship with Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident performing company. Some of our recent guests include artists from the four-time Emmy Award Winning Puppet Kitchen, a New York City based theatre company.
Typically, the department sponsors at least three student-directed productions (usually undertaken by their directors for academic credit) and an occasional special project, such as a staged reading. In addition, the Student Theatre Council (STC) takes on three or four additional projects per year.