1. A View from the Bridge at Riverside Theatre (photo by Rob Merritt, 2017)
2. The Wolves at Cornell College (photo by Olivia Houchins McCollum, 2019)
3. Aurora at Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground New Play Festival (photo by Rob Merritt, 2019)


Hi there. My name is Katy Hahn (formerly Katy Slaven), and I am a professional theatre artist living in small-town Iowa (about 15 minutes west of Cedar Rapids). I make my home with my husband Bill, our son Jack, and our dog Sam, and I travel all over to make and teach art for a living.

This website focuses on me and my work as an actor, educator, and collaborator, but I also use my platform to highlight the awesomeness of my friends and colleagues. Scroll all the way down to see what artist-friend I am featuring this month.

Thanks for visiting!


PHONE: (641) 512-0125

EMAIL: katy.a.hahn@gmail.coM

Headshot by Alisabeth Von Presley
Family photo by S. Benjamin Farrar


I have trained and worked across Iowa and the U.S. as a theatre instructor, accent/dialect coach, director, and actor for stage, screen, and voice over projects. 


I earned my BA in Theatre: Performance from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010 and my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University in 2015.  


I currently teach theatre courses at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, and Nolte Academy/Iowa Conservatory in Coralville. 


I specialize in voice, speech, and movement for the actor, with additional expertise in accent and dialect study, Shakespeare, musical theatre, new play development, and theatre for social change. 


I work with people at all levels of experience to spark creativity, inspire confidence, cultivate empathy, build community, and engage in the greater conversations of life. I seek to serve and empower people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly diverse learners and underrepresented groups.

Forum Theatre Workshop in Buffalo, NY - Out of Bounds National Tour - Spring 2016


“I thought that all of the plays we read this semester had an important element to them and therefore, introduce students to new pieces of theatre that are not always represented, such as topics of race, sexuality, disabilities, etc. I believe all of the plays Katy chose to include this semester benefit student learning and prepare us for other classes and shows in our future."

-Intro to Reading Playscripts student

“Professor Hahn, thank you very much. I was so nervous and worried about this class, but you taught me politely so I could enjoy. I was impressed that you taught me at times other than office hours. Thank you very much. I am glad that I could study with talented classmates and a great professor together.”

-Voice & Diction student

"Katy and Jenn both care a lot about this class and making it engaging and productive for the students. They have taken the time to individually get to know each student so as to help them grow in their emphasis. They also addressed all three areas of emphasis in the department. They had good connections with the students and challenged us while still helping us if we needed it."

-Foundations of Theatre student

"We talk about content a lot in class. We always know what is expected of us, and we go over the rules and guidelines for everything, which was really helpful especially when you haven't ever taken a class like this before. I think that Professor Hahn has an advantage because she has been in so many plays and musicals, and she really knows her content. I believe a class like this has students who are either 100% interested in it or not really at all. She did a very good job at making the class more than just lecture every day and got the 'not really at all' students more interested in it."

-Theatrical Arts and Society student

"Good morning! I just wanted to say thank you. I love that you have Black Lives Matter in the end of all of your emails, I love that you normalize talking about privilege with race, sexuality, gender and everything else, I love that you try to incorporate EVERYONE into your lessons/ talk about things and people/ disabilities that aren’t talked about as much as they should be, etc. I KNEW I’d Love having you as a professor. You’re great!"

-Intro to Theatre student

"Katy is exceptionally good at classroom management and at articulation of ideas and concepts. Whenever students got off task or began to speak out of turn, she was firm and respectful yet was consistent in making each and every student feel welcome and comfortable in class. Regarding her teaching of content, she put things in ways I had never thought of, and was able to use every single situation as a teaching and learning opportunity. No matter what happened, Katy was always on her toes and ready to use the class events in order to benefit everyone."

-Acting student
Foundations of Theatre, UNI - Spring 2017


Henry IV, Part 1 - Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, IA - Summer 2019 (photo by Rob Merritt)
“Throughout, Hahn carried a thread of frustrated nobility that was a delight to watch. Her Hal — as the character should — stands apart from the various ways she is treated by others. In the end, gender is just one more label for Hal to throw off as she strives to discover and activate the person she needs to become… The climax of the show is the fight between Hotspur and Hal, and it is glorious. When Weiner and Hahn bring together their larger-than-life personalities, it’s electric. The dichotomy between the two characters is so well drawn through a perfect triumvirate of text, acting and direction that you can feel the thickness in the air between them. Their fight is elegantly choreographed as a close and intimate knife fight. Moore’s fights overall in the play are well done, but this one is a capstone, both of design and execution.”
Genevieve Trainor
Little Village Magazine
"'Bully' is fierce. It’s violent. It’s alarming. And it’s riveting in its Iowa debut via Mirrorbox Theatre... While the black box theater seems too small to contain the anger that’s flung throughout the show, it’s also the perfect size to create a visceral experience for actors and audiences. The play captures the professional troupe’s mission to produce Iowa premieres of plays offering 'dramatic reflections on contemporary culture.' Simple, versatile staging, dramatic lighting and a pulsing soundtrack reel us into their worlds as their truths unfold. Director Katy Hahn has given the actors the tools, space and vision to create fearsome characters whose strengths and weaknesses throb side by side."
Diana Nollen
The Gazette
Bully - Mirrorbox Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA - Spring 2019 (photo by Greg Billman)


Directed by Caroline Price

Filmed by Rob Merritt

Starring Katy Hahn as The Pilot

October 16th-November 1st

A fighter pilot becomes pregnant and is forced to give up her wings. When she is reassigned to piloting a drone for a seemingly endless war, her sense of self — and reality — comes into question. A play about duty, identity, and motherhood.

For more information about Grounded and other titles in Riverside Theatre’s Virtual Stories Series, visit https://www.riversidetheatre.org/virtual

Read our review in the Gazette here!

Read our review in the Daily Iowan here!


Various production photos by S. Benjamin Farrar, Rob Merritt, Shannon Ouellette, and others.


In April 2020, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City asked actors to perform Shakespeare monologues in celebration of his 456th birthday, reuniting the theatre community and building anticipation for the return of Free Shakespeare on the Festival Stage in Lower City Park. 

I chose to do this famous comedic piece as an homage to one of my bucket-list roles. The John Deere hat and the Hawkeye t-shirt belong to my husband Bill, and I enjoyed integrating them into my interpretation!

Check out all 30 monologues at riversidetheatre.org/30daysofshakespeare

Here is my “Viola” from Twelfth Night >>>

In July 2020, the University of Northern Iowa recruited alumni, faculty, and current students to perform Shakespeare monologues as we geared up for our Fall 2020 production of Romeo and Juliet, originally scheduled for the spring but rescheduled to fall due to COVID-19.

Riverside Theatre’s production of The Winter’s Tale was also postponed due to COVID-19, so I chose to use UNI’s online festival as an opportunity to explore one of the speeches I was originally going to perform on the festival stage this summer.

It was fun to work with this speech in a quiet, intimate setting, and I gave myself permission to really take my time with the thoughts. I love playing with Shakespeare’s text and letting it live where it wants to live in the moment. In this take, I was working with the image of “dousing Leontes’ fire.”

In August 2020, I performed in a Zoom reading of the full play with the rest of the Riverside Theatre cast, and the words landed very differently as I responded to Martin Andrews’ Leontes.

I am sure when we perform the play outdoors in June 2021  it will yet again take on an entirely different energy. I look forward to our return to the park!

Check out my take on “Hermione” from The Winter’s Tale >>>


Rehearsing Henry IV, Part 1 at the Festival Stage in Lower City Park (photo by Isaac Hamlet, 2019)
Directing Aurora in the Grandon Studio (photo by Rob Merritt, 2019)
Rehearsing Grounded with director Caroline Price (photo by Rob Merritt, 2020.)
Rehearsal for Grounded in the Grandon Studio (photo by Rob Merritt, 2020)



As we near a crucial presidential election, it is important to recognize those in our community who go above and beyond to fight for what is right. Therefore, this October I am proudly featuring Katie Colletta!

Katie is a talented, dedicated, and innovative artist who, along with her husband Keegan, did great things for the Old Creamery Theatre Company in Amana, IA. They served as interim Associate Artistic Directors until this summer.

In addition to performing regularly at OCTC as a triple threat, Katie also choreographed, directed, stage managed, music directed, taught acting classes and served the company in an administrative capacity.

If you have not heard of the controversy this summer, I recommend starting with the following articles:


Katie, Keegan, and Ashley took a risk by taking a stand for Black Lives Matter. They fearlessly made a statement in support of what they knew was right and were prepared to take immediate and ongoing action to improve the organization. I stand with them. 

If you get a chance to work with Katie, jump on it. She is enormously talented and versatile, and an incredible asset to any company or independent production. She embodies integrity and perseverance – two things we must prize more than ever in 2020!

From the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) website:

“Katie Colletta graduated Summa Cum Laude from Millikin University with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in 2013. Favorite professional performing credits include Ariel (Footloose), Marty (Grease), Mimi (A Comedy of Tenors), Nancy (Fancy Nancy), and Fern (Charlotte’s Web). 

While at Millikin University she met her husband, Keegan, who [was] also a performer and administrator at Old Creamery Theatre. They have two cats named Lulu and Penny and live in Fairfax, Iowa. She is so grateful that music and theatre are such a vital part of her daily life.”

Acting at the Orchard
Katie and Keegan are going to be teaching some outdoor, socially-distanced IN PERSON acting classes at the beautiful
Allen’s Orchard this October! If your young actor between the ages of 7 and 12 is itching to get out of the house and get creative, come out and play with them!
“All the world’s a stage… including the orchard! Get your body and imagination moving with live, in-person, outdoor acting classes. Students will play plenty of acting games, learn some acting fundamentals and apple trivia, and even put on a short play at the end of the second class!
Saturday, October 17 and 24 from 3:00-4:00 pm
The rain date will be Saturday, October 31, 2020
Students aged 7-12 who want to get outside and have fun! Appropriate for students with any level of theatre experience.
Class size is limited to 16 participants
What to Expect:
– Classes will be held outdoors, so make sure to dress in layers for the weather! We will meet at the front of the Apple Orchard Store and walk as a group to our activity location.
– Masks are welcome but not required outside, and social distancing will be practiced.
$25 per student to enjoy both sessions
Registration link for student information needs to be filled out at:
If you don’t receive a confirmation email that the Google form has gone through, please call 319-377-1408 for assistance.”


September 2020: Mia Fryvecind-Gimenez
August 2020: Jo Jordan
July 2020: S. Benjamin Farrar
June 2020: Crystal Stewart
May 2020: Megan Gogerty
April 2020:  Adam Knight
March 2020: Genevieve Trainor
February 2020: Chris Okiishi
January 2020: Cavan Hallman
December 2019: Angie Toomsen
November 2019: Janeve West
October 2019: Jim Bray
September 2019: Caroline Price
August 2019: Jenn Sheshko Wood
July 2019: Sarah Schreiner
June 2019: Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers
May 2019: Rob Merritt
April 2019: Jennifer Fawcett
March 2019: Patrick DuLaney
February 2019: Saffron Henke
January 2019: Amy Osatinski
December 2018: Cara Viner
November 2018: Deanna Downes
October 2018: Alisabeth Von Presley


EMAIL: katy.a.hahn@gmail.coM

PHONE: (641) 512-0125