I am a professional theatre artist based in Iowa. 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 areas of specialization are voice, speech, and movement for the actor, with additional expertise in dialect study, musical theatre, Shakespeare, new play development, and theatre for social change.

I earned my BA in Theatre: Performance from the University of Northern Iowa and my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and now I live in a small town in the Eastern Iowa Corridor with my husband Bill and our son Jack. My work takes me all over the state on a regular basis to perform, teach, direct, and coach. 

For more about what I have done, what I am currently doing, and what I will be doing next, please look around!

Résumés (PDFs):

Recently Finished:

  • Playing Hal in Henry IV Part 1 at the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival (Iowa City, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette


  • Directing Bully by Amina Henry at Mirrorbox Theatre (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA)
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching Shakespeare in Love at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
    The Gazette
  • Dialect coaching Ada and the Memory Engine at Theatre Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Little Village
  • Dialect coaching Chaplin at Revival Theatre Company (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    The Gazette


  • Serving as the guest critic at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Large Group Festival in the area of Ensemble Acting (Ames, IA)


  • Participating in Crisis Intervention Training as an actor for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (Cedar Rapids, IA)


  • Performing as the narrator for Hot Tamale Louie at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (Cedar Falls, IA)


  • Teaching Improv as part of the Iowa City Community Leadership Program for Arts and Culture Day 2019 (Iowa City, IA)



Aurora at Theatre Cedar Rapids

By Rob Merritt
Directed by Katy Hahn

TCR’s annual Underground New Play Festival will be held August 8 – 18, 2019. This year’s submissions will reflect the theme “Out There: Science, Technology, Fantasy and Humanity” and will feature a year-long work-shopping of Rob Merritt’s Aurora, (a follow-up to The Summerland Project).

This year’s festival will be a part of the Corridor summer events scene and – tying into this year’s theme – will feature a “nerd con” vibe with panels, presenters, a cosplay competition, and more!

Rob Merritt’s Aurora will be publicly workshopped at various points throughout the year before headlining the August 2019 Underground New Play Festival. Its first workshop milestone was a public script reading and facilitated feedback session in the Grandon Studio on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The reading of Aurora featured Angela Billman returning to the role of Amelia Summerland, which she originally played in both the TCR auditorium production and in the film version, which starred Ed Begley Jr., Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s 11”) and Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica”). She was joined by veterans of the 2011 and 2013 TCR productions, including Matthew James, Marty Norton, Nathan Nelson, and Tierra Plowden, as well as familiar TCR faces including Akwi Nji, Jessica Link, Joe Link, Tad Paulson, and Noel VanDenBosch. The reading was directed by Rachel Korach Howell and the 2019 festival production will be directed by Katy Hahn.

After its appearance in the Underground Festival, The Summerland Project went on to be produced on the TCR 2013 season. From there, it has been produced by other theaters around the country and was adapted into a film, “Amelia 2.0,” in 2013.

Contact Katy Hahn to request an audition.

Follow the Aurora Facebook page here.


Newsies at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Amy Osatinski

A band of teenage “newsies” fight for what’s right against the titans of publishing in this uplifting musical. Set in turn-of-the century New York, the whole family will enjoy cheering for the good guys as they lead the way for change.

Buy tickets to Newsies here!


SUMMER 2019: Youth Camps! Follow the links below for more information:


Phone: 641-512-0125

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JUNE 2019

Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers

If you don’t know this woman, you are missing out. Kristy is one of my favorite humans on the planet. We have acted together several times and in each show I learn from her. She is an incredibly talented performer who is absolutely hilarious, and her dramatic work is just as inspiring! My favorite thing about Kristy is that she uses her magic to lift up everyone around her. It is impossible not to adore this woman. I look up to her as an amazing actor and educator, and I am blessed to call her my very good friend. She even perfomed a sonnet at my wedding!

From her page on the University of Iowa website:

Kristy has taught at Coe College, Cornell College, and Illinois State University. She is an artistic associate of Working Group Theatre, where she has appeared in All Recipes Are HomeOut of BoundsThe Broken ChordMayberryRustAtlas of Mud and in the road company of Denali, which won the Cincinnati Acclaim Award for Best Ensemble. Credits include seasons with Iowa Summer Repertory, Riverside Theatre, the Old Creamery Theatre, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble.

Kristy earned a B.A. in History and Religious Studies and an M.F.A. in Acting from Illinois State University.


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

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