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


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


MFA Acting
Florida Atlantic University

BA Theatre: Performance, Music
University of Northern Iowa


  • Voice & Movement
  • Speech/Accents/Dialects
  • Heightened Language
  • Text Analysis
  • Musical Theatre
  • New Play Development
  • Theatre for Social Change


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

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


“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

"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. "

-Directing 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)


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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