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 name is Katy Hahn, I use she/her pronouns, and I work as a professional actor, educator, and collaborator in the state of Iowa. I live in the small town of Atkins (just west of Cedar Rapids) with my husband and children. I use my skills as a theatre artist to spark creativity, inspire confidence, launch discourse, cultivate empathy, and build community.

My family (photo by S. Benjamin Farrar, 2021)

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(641) 512-0125

In addition to performing, directing, and teaching theatre in college, I offer a variety of coaching services. Please review my current guidelines and rates at the link below. Contact me for more information!

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


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


  • MFA Acting
    Florida Atlantic University
  • BA Theatre: Performance, Music
    University of Northern Iowa


  • University of Northern Iowa 
    (Cedar Falls, IA)
  • Coe College
    (Cedar Rapids, IA)


  • Voice & Movement
  • Speech/Accents/Dialects
  • Heightened Language
  • Text Analysis
  • Musical Theatre
  • New Play Development
  • Theatre for Social Change
"Once More Unto the Breach!" Dress rehearsal for Henry V at Riverside Theatre (photo by Rob Merritt - 2022)


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


Henry V

by William Shakespeare

June 17-July 3, 2022

Directed by Adam Knight – Featuring Katy Hahn as King Henry V

One of the Bard’s most boldly theatrical works, this “war play” explores passion, leadership, patriotism, and destiny – leading to the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. Follow as Henry learns what it means to be a king, uniting his country and reaching the cusp of victory – but at what cost?

Riverside Theatre – Iowa City, Iowa



Henry V at Riverside Theatre (photo by Rob Merritt, 2022)

Just Finished...

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!

Theatre Arts Productions | Coe College

Foundations of Theatre, UNI - Spring 2017


"...the premier accent coach in the state of Iowa if not the region."

-Feedback from a colleague in official review letter

"Katy loves what she does so much. She is quick to pivot her teaching style to fit each individual student. Her problem solving and work ethic kinda scare me, but they are undoubtedly impressive."

-Feedback from a student on an anonymous course evaluation

"Katy is very passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to directing. I was intimidated by this course before taking it, but she made this class thoroughly enjoyable. She did a wonderful job assisting the students and clearly genuinely cared about each student’s growth in this class. Katy had so many creative ideas and was always supportive and happy to help. She consistently provided opportunities to use our skills within the course itself, appealed to the entire class, made sure all concerns were addressed, and encouraged work to be applied outside of class. She was great at guiding us through the process, and I appreciated that she was very direct and easy to work with. A wonderful professor. "

-Feedback from a student on an anonymous course evaluation

“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."

-Feedback from a student on a Google Form in class

"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."

-Feedback from a student on an anonymous course evaluation

"Katy is an organized and energetic director with clear vision that she articulated early in the process to all members of the production team and actors, all of whom she is responsible for guiding on the journey of creating the world of the play. It was a pleasure to watch Katy work organically with the entire ensemble as they individually and collectively arrived at choices that would best serve the storytelling for the audience. Student stage managers often offered their observations as a valued member of the student ensemble with Katy as the guide to stop as often as necessary to adjust and fine tune actions as part of the trial and discovery process. I have watched many directors at work with undergraduates in my time as an academic theatre artist. Katy has a gift for guiding students in a supportive, respectful and effective way to get inspired results. This is teaching at its best, and it was clear from my observations that the students were highly appreciative of the specific feedback they were getting moment to moment to help them gain confidence and skills that they could build upon."

-Feedback from department head in official review letter

“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.”

-E-mail from a 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."

-Feedback from a student on an anonymous course evaluation

"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!"

-Email from a student

"Katy has an incredible way of taking comments said by students and fueling them in such a way that lets us dig much deeper and come to much better understandings of our material than we would have on our own. She also cares a lot about our individual success and really strives to make sure that we understand what's going on in the class at any given point and that we're personally comfortable and safe in the environment that we're in."

-Feedback from a student on an anonymous course evaluation

"...a member of PAC (Professional Assessment Committee) attended a section of Playscript Analysis. This day’s session was an introduction to the playwright Lauren Gunderson. Ms. Hahn engaged the students with an organized and detailed presentation about Ms. Gunderson’s life and how she has quickly risen to be one of the most produced playwrights in America. She introduced students to the work of this important voice and challenged these students to see ways in which they are also connected to the creative process and ways in which they could imagine themselves to make a similar contribution. Throughout this class session, Ms. Hahn kept students engaged by asking questions which connected directly to the core concepts of what makes a writer successful in today’s market. Not content to ask general questions, Ms. Hahn calls on students individually and makes it clear that they are expected to contribute to discussions and how much their involvement matters to her. She responds to each student with enthusiasm and and often uses their comments to pivot to new points of discussion. Notably, Ms. Hahn ran this course as a hybrid with a number of students attending via Zoom as well as face to face. Ms. Hahn made a careful point to engage students who were attending virtually and would share thoughts and insights that they were contributing in the Zoom chat with the entire class. It was an impressive day of both content and presentation."

-Feedback from a colleague in an official review letter
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)


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

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.




Carrie Pozdol
Merric Bower
Jason Alberty
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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