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!
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.
CURRENT TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
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.
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!
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 >>>
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.”
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