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

About Me

My name is Katy Hahn, formerly Katy Slaven. I am a theatre artist who has worked and studied across the United States, currently making my home in the Eastern Iowa Corridor with my husband Bill and our son Jack.

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, and I specialize in voice, speech, and movement for the actor. I have additional expertise in dialect study, musical theatre, Shakespeare, new play development, and theatre for social change. One of my growing passions is reaching diverse learners and underrepresented groups.

I earned my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and now teach theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, and other academic institutions in Iowa. I am active as a professional director, coach, workshop leader, youth theatre instructor, and actor for stage, screen, and voice over projects. My work is driven by my belief that the arts can 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

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 in approaching dialect study from whatever perspective the student/actor finds most fascinating. Different people gravitate towards different points of entry. Some may love analyzing the lexical sets and learning a symbol they can write for every sound (phonetics), while others do best when they use the circumstances of the character or the feel of the accent as their guide (vibe). Some people seem to succeed by focusing on distinct characteristics like grammar, pace, rhythm, and inflection (words, music), while others need to know what is happening physically to change the way the sound is being made (mechanics). 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…


Adapted by William McNulty
Directed by Kehry Anson Lane
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Grandon Studio
Cedar Rapids, IA
October 18-November 3, 2019


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


Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Directed by Brian Glick
Revival Theatre Company
Sinclair Auditorium
Cedar Rapids, IA
November 21-23, 2019

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

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

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


J. West

This month I am featuring a powerhouse in the corridor theatre community who is wearing many hats in the production I am currently directing: The Wolves at Cornell College. West is serving as the department head, adviser, and actor (playing the soccer mom) and transitioning between each of their roles with professionalism and grace.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know West better this fall. They are passionate, grounded, and incredibly collaborative. What I admire most about them is their unflinching dedication to professionalism. Cornell Theatre and Dance is lucky to have them at the helm, and I am grateful for this opportunity to make art with them!

A little about West, from their website for Full Sun Theatre Company:

“West is a freelance director, dramaturg, actor, educator and devised-theatre maker from the heart of the Midwest.  They have a passion for making, producing and directing new work and is always looking for opportunities to tell stories previously untold.

Directing credits include a variety of world premieres, devised pieces and fully scripted productions for The Old Creamery Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, SPT, The Omaha Theatre Company, The Llano Estacado Institute for the Performing Arts, and multiple venues and colleges throughout the Midwest. Credits include: RENT, The Rocky Horror Show, Machinal, Vinegar Tom, Sweeney Todd, Tin Woman, Making God Laugh, Beauty and the Beast, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Those that Fall, Cloud 9, Waiting for Godot, Proof, The Learned Ladies, The Shape of Things, The Tempest, and Woyzeck.

Upcoming productions include the world premiere of The Drowning at Red Rock at Cornell College in April of 2020.

West holds an M.F.A. in Theatre, with a dual emphasis in directing and acting, from Texas Tech University and is a member of LMDA and is an Associate Member of SDC.”

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


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