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)


My dad took me to my first play when I was 2 years old. Theatre has been a major part of my life ever since, and Dad is still my most important role model, favorite collaborator, and biggest supporter. Like him, I am an actor, educator, and collaborator.

My mission is to 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 currently live in Atkins, IA with my husband Bill, our son Jack, and our dog Sam.

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


PHONE: (641) 512-0125

EMAIL: katy.a.hahn@gmail.coM

Headshot by Alisabeth Von Presley
Family photo by S. Benjamin Farrar

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.  In addition to freelance work, I currently teach theatre courses at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, Iowa Conservatory (ICon), and Nolte Academy. My specialties are 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 seek to serve and empower people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly diverse learners and underrepresented groups.

Forum Theatre Workshop in Buffalo, NY - Out of Bounds National Tour - Spring 2016


“I thought that all of the plays we read this semester had an important element to them and therefore, introduce students to new pieces of theatre that are not always represented, such as topics of race, sexuality, disabilities, etc. I believe all of the plays Katy chose to include this semester benefit student learning and prepare us for other classes and shows in our future."

-Intro to Reading Playscripts student

“Professor Hahn, thank you very much. I was so nervous and worried about this class, but you taught me politely so I could enjoy. I was impressed that you taught me at times other than office hours. Thank you very much. I am glad that I could study with talented classmates and a great professor together.”

-Voice & Diction student

"We talk about content a lot in class. We always know what is expected of us, and we go over the rules and guidelines for everything, which was really helpful especially when you haven't ever taken a class like this before. I think that Professor Hahn has an advantage because she has been in so many plays and musicals, and she really knows her content. I believe a class like this has students who are either 100% interested in it or not really at all. She did a very good job at making the class more than just lecture every day and got the 'not really at all' students more interested in it."

-Theatrical Arts and Society student

"Katy is exceptionally good at classroom management and at articulation of ideas and concepts. Whenever students got off task or began to speak out of turn, she was firm and respectful yet was consistent in making each and every student feel welcome and comfortable in class. Regarding her teaching of content, she put things in ways I had never thought of, and was able to use every single situation as a teaching and learning opportunity. No matter what happened, Katy was always on her toes and ready to use the class events in order to benefit everyone."

-Acting student
Foundations of Theatre, UNI - Spring 2017


Henry IV, Part 1 - Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, IA - Summer 2019 (photo by Rob Merritt)
“Throughout, Hahn carried a thread of frustrated nobility that was a delight to watch. Her Hal — as the character should — stands apart from the various ways she is treated by others. In the end, gender is just one more label for Hal to throw off as she strives to discover and activate the person she needs to become… The climax of the show is the fight between Hotspur and Hal, and it is glorious. When Weiner and Hahn bring together their larger-than-life personalities, it’s electric. The dichotomy between the two characters is so well drawn through a perfect triumvirate of text, acting and direction that you can feel the thickness in the air between them. Their fight is elegantly choreographed as a close and intimate knife fight. Moore’s fights overall in the play are well done, but this one is a capstone, both of design and execution.”
Genevieve Trainor
Little Village Magazine
"'Bully' is fierce. It’s violent. It’s alarming. And it’s riveting in its Iowa debut via Mirrorbox Theatre... While the black box theater seems too small to contain the anger that’s flung throughout the show, it’s also the perfect size to create a visceral experience for actors and audiences. The play captures the professional troupe’s mission to produce Iowa premieres of plays offering 'dramatic reflections on contemporary culture.' Simple, versatile staging, dramatic lighting and a pulsing soundtrack reel us into their worlds as their truths unfold. Director Katy Hahn has given the actors the tools, space and vision to create fearsome characters whose strengths and weaknesses throb side by side."
Diana Nollen
The Gazette
Bully - Mirrorbox Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA - Spring 2019 (photo by Greg Billman)

Up NEXT...

Directed by Caroline Price

Filmed by Rob Merritt

featuring Katy Hahn

October 16-25

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


Various production photos by S. Benjamin Farrar, Rob Merritt, Shannon Ouellette, and others.


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 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. I am sure when we perform the play outdoors in June 2021  it will yet again take on an entirely different energy. Ah, theatre.

Check out my take on “Hermione” from The Winter’s Tale >>>

Henry IV, Part 1 - Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, IA - Summer 2019 (photo by Isaac Hamlet)




September is a time for pumpkin spice and everything nice. Naturally, this made me want to feature the warm and spicy Mia Fryvecind Gimenez this month! Her whole family is wonderful and massively talented, but this month is all about Mia!

Here is her bio from the Nolte Academy website:

Mia is a theatrical director, private voice teacher, and faculty at Nolte Academy now ICon. When she arrived in Iowa in 2015, Leslie asked Mia to music direct School of Rock.  Since then she has directed Nolte’s productions of James and the Giant Peach and Side Show. Mia brings with her a lot of background in the performing arts. She has performed with conductors and directors from all over the globe including Juilliard, Paris National Opera, New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.  Mia has appeared on the stages of great American companies including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, TheatreWorks, Broadway by the Bay, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Pine Mountain Music Theatre, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Ray of Light Theatre-San Francisco, Altarena Playhouse-Oakland, Redwood Symphony and Lamplighters. Favorite roles range from Don Giovanni (Zerlina) to Tartuffe (Dorine) and SideShow (Violet) to Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Les Miserables (Fantine), and The Secret Garden (Lily). Locally, Mia performs with Riverside Theatre (Rotten Eggnog (Rebecca)), City Circle (Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett)), ICCT (Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney)), Old Creamery (Elephant & Piggie (Piggie)), Nolte Productions (Rock of Ages (Justice)) and the University of Iowa (Fun Home (Helen)) and Sunday in the Park with George (Dot)). Mia is honored to work with the CRANDIC’s talented youth to continue to develop their skills in the performing arts. Follow your bliss! www.miasings.com

I met Mia a few years ago when we taught musical theatre classes at Nolte Academy together, and the first thing I noticed about her (other than her amazing curly red hair) was her passion.

Mia is one of the most talented musical theatre teachers and performers in the whole state of Iowa. In fact, the only thing bigger than Mia’s talent is her heart. She overflows with a love for what she does and the people she works with. Her skill, versatility, and dedication quickly made our students and faculty at Nolte fall completely in love with her.

Though she is best known for her work in musical theater, the first time I got to perform onstage with Mia was actually in a new nonmusical play called Rotten Eggnog. We went on a wild ride from the first draft to the final production, and I got to experience firsthand what a fun and open collaborator Mia can be.  I adore Mia for her playfulness as an actor and her warmth as a scene partner, and I hope we get to act together again soon. In the meantime, we get to work together to grow the artists of the future!

Much love to you, Mia! Keep following your bliss.


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


I created a private Facebook group for individuals in the arts who do not identify as cis men to share ideas, raise questions, support each other, and get shit done. 

Photo by Alisabeth Von Presley


EMAIL: katy.a.hahn@gmail.coM

PHONE: (641) 512-0125