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 and I am a professional theatre artist living in small-town Iowa. I make my home with my husband Bill, our son Jack, and our dog Sam, and I travel all over to teach and make art for a living.
This website focuses on me and my work as an actor, educator, and collaborator. I use my platform to highlight the awesomeness of my friends and colleagues as well, so scroll all the way down to see what artist-friend I am featuring this month!
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!
I am thrilled to finally feature one of my very good friends, Noel VanDenBosch, this November!
Both times I have acted with Noel so far happened to be summer Shakespeare productions in Iowa City. We met in 2014 while performing in Much Ado About Nothing with Fourth Room Theatre, and five years later she and I played Poins and Hal, respectively, in Riverside Theatre’s production of Henry IV, Part I.
I have also had the pleasure of directing Noel twice in the same year in Cedar Rapids: she played Simone in Mirrorbox Theatre’s production of Bully and Cindy in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ production of Aurora.
Noel is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and one of my favorite conversationalists. She is exceptionally passionate and open and I adore working with her. She is dedicated to personal growth and has become one of Eastern Iowa’s top actors, and I couldn’t be more thankful to call her my friend.
This summer, when the derecho decimated the small town where I live, Noel and her husband Kevin drove all the way up from Iowa City to bring me a gas can so I could drive my family to safety until power was restored to our area. This is the level of dedication and generosity Noel brings to every part of her life. She is amazing.
Noel is multi-talented. She is a generous, hardworking, and incredibly well-read performer who always has her finger on the pulse, and she also has skills and experience in costume design, scenery construction, management, marketing…pretty much every area of the theatre. Did I mention she’s also an excellent chef and baker?
Even in the pandemic, Noel finds ways to persevere and continue to bring opportunities for art to our community. She and our friend Heather Lawler started a Facebook group called Quarantine Play Readings :
“Each week we will pick a couple fun scripts, cast them, send out PDF’s of the scripts and invite all of those reading and anyone who wants to listen and be a part of the post reading discussion.”
They have tirelessly organized Zoom readings for no pay at all because they are dedicated to keeping theatre alive during these trying times! Thank you for all the time you give and the work you do!
Check out Noel’s Facebook group and keep your eye out for the next time you get to see her perform live onstage! She is a mover and a shaker and I can’t wait to see what she does next!
October 2020: Katie Colletta
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