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 (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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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…
Florida Atlantic University
BA Theatre: Performance, Music
University of Northern Iowa
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.
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!
February 26th, 2021
Directed by Cavan Hallman, and featuring performances by Patrick Du Laney, Katy Hahn, Duane Larson, and Michael Stahl-David
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
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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!
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.
“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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