Directing AURORA at Theatre Cedar Rapids, 2019 – Photo by Rob Merritt

About Me & My Work

Hi, my name is Katy, and I used she/her pronouns. I’m originally from Iowa, and before marriage my last name was Slaven, so much of my past work was credited accordingly. I earned my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and currently live in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. In addition to teaching theatre at the University of Northern Iowa and Coe College, I work as a director, coach, youth instructor, and actor for stage, screen, and voice over projects. 

As a professional artist and teacher based in the Midwest, 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 field of study is theatre performance, with specializations in voice, speech, and movement for the actor. I have additional expertise in musical theatre, Shakespeare, dialect study, new play development, and theatre for social change. I focus my work on serving diverse learners and underrepresented groups. 

I dedicate my life to the arts because I have seen how they expand our minds, connect our hearts, wake up our bodies, and heal our souls…in short, make us better people.

“Growth as an actor and as a human being are synonomous.” – Stella Adler

Directing THE WOLVES at Cornell College, 2019

Announcement for SUMMER 2020 coming soon! Stay tuned!

Actor Résumé PDF

Headshots by Alisabeth Von Presley

Recently finished

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Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Adam Knight
Riverside Theatre
Iowa City, IA

Press for Uncle Vanya:
Gazette Review
Little Village Review
Press Citizen Article
Daily Iowan Article

Quigley Jeep Adventure Days spot – Mudd Advertising, 2018

Representative Photos

With Ed Begley, Jr., Eddie Jemisen, Angela Billman and others in Amelia 2.0 (feature film, 2017)
With Ed Begley, Jr., Eddie Jemisen, Kate Vernon, Chris Ellis and others in Amelia 2.0 (feature film, 2017)

Announcements for SUMMER 2020 coming soon! Stay tuned!

Curriculum Vitae PDF

Courses I am currently teaching…

(Now ONLINE due to social distancing)

UNI Department of Theatre

Spring 2020 
Foundations of Theatre
Introduction to Reading Playscripts

Coe College Department of Theatre Arts

Spring 2020
Introduction to Theatre

Directing Résumé PDF

Recently finished…

Written by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Katy Hahn
Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
Kimmel Theatre Stage


“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

Dialect Coaching Résumé PDF

I divide my approach to coaching dialects into what I call “five points of fascination,” which includes the mechanics, phonetics, words, music, and vibe. When I coach students/actors, I provide an array of tools and techniques and tailor the work to each individual’s particular strengths, tastes, and needs.

Coaching Services:

Contact me for current availability and pricing. Initial consultations available free of charge. We can customize your package based on your needs and budget.

  • Initial Consultation
    I meet with you to determine the needs of the project, provide quotes, and talk schedule.
  • Resources
    I provide access to original content I have created and resource materials I have compiled, including documents, articles, websites, audio and video recordings.
  • Design/Production Meetings
    I attend a design meeting or production meeting either in person or remotely with the purpose of discussing how my work fits into the overall project or production.
  • Rehearsal Attendance
    I attend a rehearsal with the purpose of leading a warmup (if desired), observing, and giving notes either in person or electronically afterward.
  • Private sessions
    I lead a one-on-one work session, either remotely or in person.
  • Group sessions
    I lead a group work session, either remotely or in person.

Recently finished…

Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Jim Bray
University of Northern Iowa
Strayer-Wood Theatre
Cedar Falls, IA
March 2020

Up next…

Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Lisa Kelly
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Rescheduled Performances TBD)


APRIL 2020

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Riverside Theatre in Iowa City is one of the only professional theatre companies in the state of Iowa, and Adam Knight is the producing artistic director who keeps it surviving and thriving.

Adam is a visionary, a creative problem-solver, and an ideal collaborator. He listens – to artists, to the community, to his own artistic spirit – and he responds with action. He knows local artists consider Riverside a creative home, and he does not take his responsibility to us lightly. Adam brings genuine passion to every project, without fail. It is a joy to make art with him.

I had the pleasure of being directed by Adam in Henry IV Part 1 and Uncle Vanya at Riverside Theatre in 2019. My favorite thing about both experiences was his collaborative spirit. Adam enters into every project as a conversation where artists come together to find the play.

Adam’s directorial choices are always focused on the work, not his own ego. There is a feeling of ease in his style. One of my favorite Adam-isms: “I think what it wants is…” (“It” being a scene, a monologue, a line, a single moment). Those of you who know Adam will recognize this phrase! It is such a gentle way to guide the group in a common direction. I love it.

Riverside Theatre is fortunate to have Adam at the helm, raising the bar for art and artists in Iowa City! As we look forward to Riverside’s upcoming Free Shakespeare production (dates TBD), Check out Riverside Theatre’s 30 days of Shakespeare!

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


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
Jennifer 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