I am a professional theatre artist based in Iowa. I collaborate with people at all levels of experience to spark creativity, inspire confidence, cultivate empathy, build community, and engage in the greater conversations of life. My primary areas of specialization are voice, speech, and movement for the actor, with additional expertise in dialect study, musical theatre, Shakespeare, new play development, and theatre for social change.
I earned my BA in Theatre: Performance from the University of Northern Iowa and my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and now I live in a small town in the Eastern Iowa Corridor with my husband Bill and our son Jack. My work takes me all over the state on a regular basis to perform, teach, direct, and coach.
For more about what I have done, what I am currently doing, and what I will be doing next, please look around!
- Directing Bully by Amina Henry at Mirrorbox Theatre (Cedar Rapids, IA)
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- Dialect coaching The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA)
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- Dialect coaching Shakespeare in Love at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
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- Dialect coaching Ada and the Memory Engine at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
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- Serving as the guest critic at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Large Group Festival in the area of Ensemble Acting (Ames, IA)
- Participating in Crisis Intervention Training as an actor for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (Cedar Rapids, IA)
- Performing as the narrator for Hot Tamale Louie at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (Cedar Falls, IA)
- Teaching Improv as part of the Iowa City Community Leadership Program for Arts and Culture Day 2019 (Iowa City, IA)
SUMMER 2019: Youth Camps! Follow the links below for more information:
Newsies at Theatre Cedar Rapids
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Amy Osatinski
A band of teenage “newsies” fight for what’s right against the titans of publishing in this uplifting musical. Set in turn-of-the century New York, the whole family will enjoy cheering for the good guys as they lead the way for change.
Buy tickets to Newsies here!
Chaplin at Revival Theatre Company
Music and Lyrics by Christopher Curtis
Book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Brian Glick
From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin is the showbiz musical about the silent film legend the world couldn’t stop talking about. Chaplin had to become the most famous man in the world before he could find happiness by becoming his true self. RTC is proud to be one of the two theatres in the country (post its 2012 Broadway run) to produce the musical before it hits the London stage with a new world premier in 2019.
Venue: Dows Theatre, Coe College
Thursday May 30 at 7:30
Friday May 31 at 7:30
Saturday June 1 at 7:30
Sunday June 2 at 2:30
Buy tickets to Chaplin here!
Henry IV Part 1 at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City)
Free Summer Shakespeare on the Iowa City Festival Stage, June 12-23, 2019.
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Knight
Featuring Katy Hahn as Prince Hal
Action, comedy, and history collide as Falstaff and King Henry vie for the destiny of Prince Hal, while the kingdom wards off an insurrection.
Aurora at Theatre Cedar Rapids
By Rob Merritt
Directed by Katy Hahn
TCR’s annual Underground New Play Festival will be held August 8 – 18, 2019. This year’s submissions will reflect the theme “Out There: Science, Technology, Fantasy and Humanity” and will feature a year-long work-shopping of Rob Merritt’s Aurora, (a follow-up to The Summerland Project).
This year’s festival will be a part of the Corridor summer events scene and – tying into this year’s theme – will feature a “nerd con” vibe with panels, presenters, a cosplay competition, and more!
Rob Merritt’s Aurora will be publicly workshopped at various points throughout the year before headlining the August 2019 Underground New Play Festival. Its first workshop milestone was a public script reading and facilitated feedback session in the Grandon Studio on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The reading of Aurora featured Angela Billman returning to the role of Amelia Summerland, which she originally played in both the TCR auditorium production and in the film version, which starred Ed Begley Jr., Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s 11”) and Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica”). She was joined by veterans of the 2011 and 2013 TCR productions, including Matthew James, Marty Norton, Nathan Nelson, and Tierra Plowden, as well as familiar TCR faces including Akwi Nji, Jessica Link, Joe Link, Tad Paulson, and Noel VanDenBosch. The reading was directed by Rachel Korach Howell and the 2019 festival production will be directed by Katy Hahn.
After its appearance in the Underground Festival, The Summerland Project went on to be produced on the TCR 2013 season. From there, it has been produced by other theaters around the country and was adapted into a film, “Amelia 2.0,” in 2013.
Auditions for Aurora and the other plays yet to be selected for the 2019 Underground New Play Festival will be held in June 2019.
*We are in search of an adult actor in a wheelchair to play Dr. Ellen Beckett. Contact me for more information!
Follow the Aurora Facebook page here.
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For his birthday, I am honoring one of my best friends in the world: Rob Merritt!
Rob does it all. He is an accomplished actor, writer, photographer, and so much more. He’s the kind of person who gets a little obsessed (in a good way) with whatever project(s) he is working on and works tirelessly to achieve amazing results. His creative fire blazes 24/7. You’d think that someone like this wouldn’t have anything left to give to their friends, but the opposite is true for Rob. He somehow manages to be good at everything, and I think being an awesome friend tops the list. Few people are so genuinely kind, supportive, loyal, and eager to help others.
The only person who might be cooler than Rob is his amazing wife Megan. Talk about a power couple!
Rob and I have worked together multiple times, and this summer we get to act together in Henry IV Part 1. Later in the summer I will be directing his new play Aurora, a sequel to his wildly successful play The Summerland Project.