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)


Headshot by Alisabeth Von Presley

Hi there! My name is Katy Hahn (she/her) and I am a professional theatre artist currently based in the small town of Atkins, Iowa. I make my home with my husband Bill, our son Jack, and our dog Sam, and we are excited to be welcoming another child to our family in August 2021! 

Family photo by S. Benjamin Farrar


All ages and levels of experience welcome! Topics range from acting, singing, and accent coaching to audition prep and more.

Please check out “Coaching Rates 2021” (below) and contact me via phone or email to set up a free initial consultation.

Musical Theatre Recital - Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Center - Spring 2019

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The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare

July 15-25, 2021

Directed by Adam Knight

(Voice/Text Coaching by Katy Hahn)

“It is required you do awake your faith…”

Considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale is a story of rebirth and redemption, pivoting from comedy to tragedy and back again. Two kingdoms bonded in friendship, riven by jealousy. King Leontes rules the cold halls of Sicilia with an increasingly tyrannical bent. Can the whitsuntide feasts of Bohemia and the promise of a new generation bring about the healing so desperately needed?

Time will tell.

The Winter’s Tale — Riverside Theatre | Iowa City, IA


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

August 13-22, 2021

Directed by Angie Toomsen

(Accents coached by Katy Hahn)

“How many fond fools serve mad jealousy!”

Travel bans, families unable to visit, and a world gone topsy turvy. Sound familiar? Welcome to Ephesus! (Which feels strangely like Nashville in the 1970s.) Shakespeare’s madcap farce tells the story of two sets of twins in the same place at the wrong (right?) time. Bold, flashy, and rhinestone-studded, this is the Bard at his most riotously comic.

Comedy of Errors – Riverside Theatre – Iowa City, Iowa

The Revolutionists

by Lauren Gunderson

April 8-10 & 14-16, 2022

Directed by Katy Hahn

“A Comedy. A Quartet. A Revolutionary Dream Fugue. A True Story.” 

Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of the most produced playwrights in America in the past 5 years, The Revolutionists follows four women fighting for freedom and feminism in France during the Reign of Terror. The playwright Olympe de Gouge, Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle, assassin Charlotte Corday, and infamous former queen Marie-Antoinette take the audience on a wild ride, grappling with everything from art to activism. With a script written in the modern vernacular, themes of extremism and insanity resonate through the ages and leave the audience inspired, entertained…and maybe even a little terrified! 

Liberté, égalité, sororité!

(This play will be the final production in the 2021-2022 theatre season at Coe College. Information on auditions coming soon!)

Theatre Arts Productions | Coe College

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


I have trained and worked professionally across Iowa and the U.S. as a theatre instructor, director, coach, and actor for stage, screen, and voice over projects. 

I currently teach theatre at the University of Northern Iowa and Coe College


As an actor, educator, and collaborator, I serve and empower people of all backgrounds and levels of experience by…

  • sparking creativity
  • inspiring confidence
  • cultivating empathy
  • building community
  • engaging in the greater conversations of life


MFA Acting
Florida Atlantic University

BA Theatre: Performance, Music
University of Northern Iowa


  • Voice & Movement
  • Accents/Dialects
  • Shakespeare
  • Musical Theatre
  • New Play Development
  • Theatre for Social Change
Foundations of Theatre, UNI - Spring 2017


“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

"Katy and Jenn both care a lot about this class and making it engaging and productive for the students. They have taken the time to individually get to know each student so as to help them grow in their emphasis. They also addressed all three areas of emphasis in the department. They had good connections with the students and challenged us while still helping us if we needed it."

-Foundations of Theatre 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

"Good morning! I just wanted to say thank you. I love that you have Black Lives Matter in the end of all of your emails, I love that you normalize talking about privilege with race, sexuality, gender and everything else, I love that you try to incorporate EVERYONE into your lessons/ talk about things and people/ disabilities that aren’t talked about as much as they should be, etc. I KNEW I’d Love having you as a professor. You’re great!"

-Intro to Theatre 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
Acting 7/8, Nolte Academy - Spring 2021 (holding their posters for a devised piece based on "Antiracist Baby")


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)


Bright Star

June 18th-July 3, 2021

Directed by Angie Toomsen

(Dialect coaching by Katy Hahn)

Music, book and story by Steve Martin and music, lyrics and story by Edie Brickell.

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Bright Star – Theatre Cedar Rapids (theatrecr.org)

To Saints and Stars

May 21st, 2021

Written by Jordan Ramirez Puckett, directed by Rinska Carrasco, featuring Katy Hahn, Vero Maynez, Preston Tate Jr., Juan Francisco Villa, and Angelica Fink

To Saints and Stars is a full-length play about the intersection between science and faith. It follows the lifelong friendship of Sofía, a NASA astronaut, and Zoe, the wife of a Greek Orthodox priest. Sofia and Zoe have been friends since they were children and not a day has passed where they haven’t seen or spoken to each other. Their lives and friendship are changed forever when Zoe becomes pregnant with her first child and Sofía is chosen for the first manned Mission to Mars. As the day of Sofia’s departure to Mars and Zoe’s due date approaches, their relationship becomes more strained as each woman is forced to re-evaluate what they each have prioritized in their own life and the indelible impact that they have made on each other.

Mirrorbox Theatre presents Out the Box, a free weekly reading series of fresh contemporary plays performed live and to a limited audience. Visit: mirrorboxtheatre.com/out-the-box for upcoming events in the series!

Cal in Camo

February 26th, 2021

Directed by Cavan Hallman, and featuring performances by Patrick Du Laney, Katy Hahn, Duane Larson, and Michael Stahl-David

Cal’s desperation mounts as she strains to breastfeed and care for her newborn, while her husband Tim resents his struggle to make sales in his new territory. But the extent of the unease that pervades this couple’s new house won’t fully come to light until Cal’s brother Flynt arrives, reeling from the recent death of his wife. Do the wounds of the past irrevocably impact our capacity to connect? Heartbreaking and mysterious, Cal in Camo probes the nature of family bonds with lacerating humor and moments of blinding revelation.
Mirrorbox Theatre presents Out the Box, a free weekly reading series of fresh contemporary plays performed live and to a limited audience. Visit: mirrorboxtheatre.com/out-the-box for upcoming events in the series!


October 16th-November 1st, 2020 (extended from October 25th)

Directed by Caroline Price, filmed and edited by Rob Merritt, and starring Katy Hahn as The Pilot

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 one-woman 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!


Rehearsing Henry IV, Part 1 at the Festival Stage in Lower City Park (photo by Isaac Hamlet, 2019)
Rehearsal for Grounded in the Grandon Studio (photo by Rob Merritt, 2020)
Rehearsing Grounded with director Caroline Price (photo by Rob Merritt, 2020.)
Directing Aurora in the Grandon Studio (photo by Rob Merritt, 2019)


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



In the summer of 2020 I formed a Facebook group to connect with other artists who are not cis men. I was attracted to the acronym “WATT” because I liked the idea of referring to the group as something that literally meant “a unit of power.” 

WATT is a group for women, trans men, and nonbinary people who are involved in the arts (in any way) and seeking to connect with others! We invite you to join us. Click the logo above!

Free Workshop: Trans Representation in the Arts | Facebook

Pride month may be over, but LGBTQ+ education continues year-round. Brought to you by the Workers in the Arts Think Tank (WATT), Iowa artist Merric Bower (they/them) presented a FREE workshop about trans representation in the arts on July 8, 2021 @ 7pm CST. Thank you to everyone who joined us to learn more about this important topic! Contact me for more information on this workshop and future offerings.



This month I am featuring my friend Merric, who lead a free workshop in July (sponsored by members of WATT) about trans representation in the arts.

I first met Merric when they worked as technical director at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, and I was immediately struck by their kindness, work ethic, and creativity.

The thing I admire most about Merric is their ability to consistently navigate difficult topics with intelligence, compassion, and grace. I am learning so much about how to be a better collaborator, teacher, ally, and overall human being from our conversations.

About Merric:

“Merric Bower (they/them) is a freelance scenic and lighting designer based in Iowa City. A recent graduate of the University of Iowa, Merric has designed for shows in the Iowa Summer Partnership in the Arts, The Big Ten Theatre Consortium, the Iowa New Play Festival, Rich Heritage Theatre of Cedar Rapids, and Willow Creek Theatre Company, and received the IRAM Award for Outstanding Design work on New Plays. Merric also works as a scenic carpentry and theatrical electrician for local theatres such as Theatre Cedar Rapids, and Riverside Theatre. They co-founded UI Trans Alliance, a student organization for trans students at the University of Iowa in 2015 and have continued in trans advocacy. When not working, Merric participates in mutual aid projects with the Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective, and enjoys listening to Dungeons and Dragons podcasts with their two cats.”

Learn more about their work at Theatre Design | Merric Bower Design


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Katy McGlaughlin
Akwi Nji
Heather Lawler
Noel VanDenBosch
Katie Colletta
Mia Fryvecind-Gimenez
Jo Jordan
S. Benjamin Farrar
Crystal Stewart
Megan Gogerty
Adam Knight
Genevieve Trainor
Chris Okiishi
Cavan Hallman
Angie Toomsen
Janeve West
Jim Bray
Caroline Price
Jenn Sheshko Wood
Sarah Schreiner
Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers
Rob Merritt
Jennifer Fawcett
Patrick DuLaney
Saffron Henke
Amy Osatinski
Cara Viner
Deanna Downes
Alisabeth Von Presley

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