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!

Résumés (PDFs):

Recently Finished:

  • Playing Hal in Henry IV Part 1 at the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival (Iowa City, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette
  • Directing Bully by Amina Henry at Mirrorbox Theatre (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA)
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching Shakespeare in Love at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching Ada and the Memory Engine at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
  • Dialect coaching Chaplin at Revival Theatre Company (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    The Gazette
  • 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)



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 plays reflect the theme “Out There: Science, Technology, Fantasy and Humanity” and will feature Rob Merritt’s Aurora (a follow-up to The Summerland Projectas the headliner of the festival.

After its appearance in the first TCR Underground Festival (2011), The Summerland Project went on to be produced on the TCR 2013 mainstage season. From there, it has been produced by other theaters around the country and was adapted into a film, “Amelia 2.0,” in 2014.

2019’s Underground Festival offers a “nerd con” vibe with panels, presenters, a cosplay competition, and more!

The August 2019 production of Aurora features 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”). Angela will be joined by veterans of the 2011 and 2013 TCR productions (Nathan Nelson, Tierra Plowden, and Isaac Helgens) as well as veterans of the 2018 Aurora staged reading (Tad Paulson and Noel VanDenBosch.) and newcomers to the Summerland saga (Paula Grady, Jake Stigers, and Kathryn Huang). 

Follow the Aurora Facebook page here.

Next up…

The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Katy Hahn
Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
Kimmel Theatre Stage
December 12 – 15, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK! “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe.” – The New York Times

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. 

“The Wolves is a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer…DeLappe’s dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain […] She offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world. It’s a patch of Astroturf I would gladly set foot on again.” – The Village Voice

For more information, visit Cornell Theatre’s website.


Next up…

Cabaret and You Can’t Take it With You at Theatre UNI during the 2019-2020 season! Details coming soon.


SUMMER 2019: Youth Camps! Follow the links below for more information:


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Jennifer Sheshko Wood

This fall will be my third semester in a row team-teaching Foundations of Theatre Experience with Jenn at UNI. I admire Jenn’s collaborative nature, creativity, and leadership, but most of all I cherish her fun-loving attitude! Getting to work with her is a blast. I look forward to her helping me learn more about soccer this fall as I prepare to direct The Wolves. 

From Jenn’s “about me” section:

Originally a designer from Montreal, Quebec I came to the States to pursue my MFA in costume design. In fall 2012, I joined the theatre faculty at the University of Northern Iowa to teach costume design and technology. Recently, I also took the position of Costumes and Wardrobe Administrator at the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre where I am I costume designer in their summer season.

What draws me to theatre design is the world of every play; how each project is a new reality created by the production company. With costume design specifically, I delve deeply into each character and look at their personality, their environment and their given circumstances while designing highly detailed concepts.

During my time in the States and Montreal, I have had the pleasure of working with multiple companies and schools as a supervisor, designer, a stitcher, or as a crafts artisan. Most recently, with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Akron University on a premiere musical, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Past Montreal collaborations include Fallen Angel Productions, Geordie Productions, Tableau d’Hote Theatre and The Lakeshore Players.

As a professor, I have taught design and media courses, stagecraft costuming, experimental fabric manipulation courses as well as intro to theatre classes both for majors and in the Liberal Arts core.  I always look for new ways to engage and challenge the students. By offering workshops on rendering techniques, portfolio creation, crafting and sewing, I introduce  students to new skills and help them develop their portfolios.

I am active in USITT, attending the conference each year, acting as a portfolio reviewer and participating in panels and sessions for both the Costume Design & Technology Commission and the Education Commission.”


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

Come back next month to see which artist-friend I am featuring!