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

About Me

I like to be called Katy and use she/her pronouns. I earned my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and now live in the Eastern Iowa Corridor with my husband Bill and our son Jack. Before marriage, my last name was Slaven. 

About My Work

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 performance with specializations in voice, speech, and movement for the actor, and 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. 

In addition to teaching theatre at the University of Northern Iowa and Coe College, I work professionally as a director, coach, workshop leader, youth instructor, and actor for stage, screen, and voice over projects. 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

Acting Résumés

Theatre Résumé (8×10 PDF)

On Camera/Voice Over Résumé (8×10 PDF)

Contact me about availability for 2020.

Recently finished…

Uncle Vanya

Written by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Adam Knight
Riverside Theatre
Iowa City, IA
September 13-October 6, 2019

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

Quigley Jeep Adventure Days spot – Mudd Advertising, 2018


by Alisabeth Von Presley

Representative Photos

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Current courses I am teaching…

UNI Department of Theatre

Fall 2019: Foundations of Theatre Experience

Coe College Department of Theatre Arts

Fall 2019: Introduction to Theatre, Voice and Diction

Directing Résumé (8×10 PDF)

Contact me about availability for 2020.

Current and upcoming productions I am directing…

The Wolves

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


“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.

Legally Blonde the Musical

Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Directed by Katy Hahn
City Circle Theatre Company, Coralville, IA
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
May 1-10, 2020

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery based on the adored movie. Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal.

Tickets go on sale March 3, 2020 at noon. For more information, visit City Circle’s website.

Dialect Coaching Résumé (8×10 PDF)

I believe dialect study is the most successful when the teacher/coach is able to come from the perspective the student/actor finds most fascinating, thus 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 about 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.

Current and upcoming productions I am coaching…


Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff

Directed by Amy Osatinski
University of Northern Iowa
Strayer-Wood Theatre
Cedar Falls, IA
November 20-December 8, 2019

The Seafarer

Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Jason Alberty
The Foundry Performance Laborator
Shores Event Center
Cedar Rapids, IA

Stones in His Pockets

Written by Marie Jones
Directed by Dr. Deanna Downes
Coe College
Dows Performing Arts Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
February 7-15, 2020

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Directed by Angie Toomsen
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
February 7-23, 2020

You Can’t Take It With You

Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Jim Bray
University of Northern Iowa
Strayer-Wood Theatre
Cedar Falls, IA
March 11-29, 2020

Kinky Boots

Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Lisa Kelly
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids. IA
May 1-24, 2020


Angie Toomsen

I have chosen to feature the magnificent Angie Toomsen to round out 2019. I first met Angie in 2011 when she played Lenny and I played Babe in Crimes of the Heart at Theatre Cedar Rapids. I have not yet had the privilege of acting with Angie since then (somebody please cast us in something!), but I have been directed by her in Much Ado About Nothing (Fourth Room Theatre, 2014) and Detroit (Riverside Theatre, 2018), and I saw her do brilliant work as an actor in There is a Happiness That Morning Is (Mirrorbox Theatre, 2018). I have also dialect coached several projects that Angie has directed, and more are on the way!

Angie is one of my favorite collaborators. She is a fabulous lioness. She is a fiercely compassionate, intelligent, talented leader who chooses to use her powers to raise the bar for the Corridor theatre community. Hundreds of artists in Iowa have grown under her guidance, and she continues to challenge herself and everyone around her to be better artists and better human beings. I have the utmost respect and admiration for this woman.

From the Theatre Cedar Rapids website:

“Angie is proud to be the artistic director of Theatre Cedar Rapids. She directed for TCR: THe Hunchback of Notre Dame, Shakespeare in Love, My Fair Lady, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Diary of Anne Frank, Grease, Billy Elliot the Musical, Next Fall, Calendar GirlsNext to NormalClybourne ParkA Chorus Line, For Colored Girls, and Five Woman Wearing the Same Dress. She has represented TCR at AACTFest and won Best Director at both state and regional levels. Other directing credits include: Men on Boats (summer 2019), Detroit, Circle Mirror Transformation, Dancing Lessons, The Taming, and the National New Play Network rolling world premiere of Relativity for Riverside Theatre; August: Osage County for both Urban Theater Project and the University of Northern Iowa; Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, and Closer for Fourth Room Theatre; Rabbit Hole with Urban Theater Project; The PriceLombardi, and God of Carnage for Old Creamery Theatre; and Stravinsky’s A Soldiers Tale with Orchestra Iowa. Angie studied theater at the University of Northern Iowa, Circle-in-the-Square in NYC, and has been fortunate to have studied/workshopped with great directors and acting teachers both in New York and in the Midwest.”

Angie on her approach to her work:

“To me, the process of creating theatre with others is both a mysterious adventure and a bit of a miracle. I strive for clarity, conceptual depth, articulation, immediacy and a timely resonance in the stories we tell. Whether I am working with professional or volunteer actors, my objective is the same: to create transformative experiences for both audiences and artists. I believe every actor – regardless of experience level – brings a universe of humanity to share, accessible through compassion and imagination. I try to maintain a “beginner’s mindset” and to allow the process to root in the needs of the production and inspired by the minds and hearts in the room.”

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


November 2019
J. 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