The Theatre Department exposes students to as broad and sophisticated an understanding of contemporary theatre practice and scholarship as possible. In addition to a permanent faculty and staff who are working theatre professionals as well as academics, we also bring guest instructors and artists into the mix of study and production whenever possible.
In many ways this program has evolved from our unique relationship with Riverside Theatre, a professional regional theatre in nearby Iowa City. Ron Clark and Jody Hovland , the founders and artistic directors of that company, have long been associated with the department as distinguished artists-in-residence.
We have seen first-hand the benefits of students working closely with seasoned professionals. Our guest artists each bring unique, well-developed talents and experiences to enrich our students’ understanding of theatre practice. The Guest Artist Program also helps students build networks that may lead to professional or further educational opportunities.
We seek to involve guest artists in each area of the department’s activities: in performance (acting and directing); in production (design, stage management, and technical direction); and in dramaturgy (playwriting and theatre scholarship).
Recent Guest Artists
- Emily DeCola
Guest Lecturer, Puppetter and Co-Founder of New York's Puppet Kitchen
- Matthew Allar
Guest professor and scenic designer, New York
- Leda Hoffman
Guest Director from Milwaukee Rep
Professional stage management consultant, New York
Costume designer, Chicago
- Courtney Schmitz Watson
Guest Lighting Designer, Minneapolis
- The Sacred Heart Archive, Arizona
Devised Theatre workshops and consultations
Actor – Chicago
Featured Equity actor, Los Angeles
Lighting designer, Los Angeles/Mount Vernon
Arts administrator, workshop leader, Milwaukee
Director, workshop leader, New York
Playwright, playwriting professor, Chicago
Stephanie Braun Jacobson
Arts administrator, workshop leader, New York
Lighting designer, New York
Choreographer, dance instructor, Iowa City
Scenic designer, Iowa City
Choreographer, New York
Director, fight choreographer, Iowa City
C. Denby Swanson
Playwright, workshop instructor, Austin
Featured equity actor, workshop leader, Chicago