The University of Iowa - Department of Theatre Arts

107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242



Sustain a world class theatre arts program where we develop new work and new artists through a creative, collaborative process. With respect for the great global traditions, we push the boundaries of theatre, using sophisticated tools and technologies.

Provide space for diversity and to foster social responsibility and change.

Nurture student artists and their work, prepare graduates for professional opportunities, support faculty as professional artists and scholars, and engage, delight, and challenge audiences.


We imagine it. We create it.

Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts is (we believe) the third oldest in the country, and its history mirrors the development of dramatic art in America. Founded as a Department of Speech, it expanded to include theatre, radio, film, television, communication studies, and speech and hearing disorders. Always committed to new, socially conscious work, its faculty pioneered the community theatre movement, the living newspaper, and the transfer of plays from university theatres to Broadway.

About Us:

The University of Iowa Theatre Arts Department is one of the oldest and most respected theatre programs in the country. We offer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate BA degree, or an MFA degree with an emphasis in acting, directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy or stage management.

New work and collaboration are the hallmarks of our department. For more than 86 years we have supported the development of new plays by students, faculty and distinguished guests. We recognize that every play, whether new or old, is brought to life through the complex collaborative effort of a writer, director, dramaturg, designers, actors, stage managers and technicians. In order to support this process, we seek to create an atmosphere of passion for the art and generosity of spirit.

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