Hi! My name is Katy Hahn and 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 in 2010 and my MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University in 2015, 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.  I just finished directing Bully by Amina Henry at Mirrorbox Theatre (Cedar Rapids) and dialect coaching The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter at Riverside Theatre (Iowa City). For more about what I have done, what I am currently doing, and what I will be doing next, please look around!

TEACHING

…at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, Hawkeye Community College, and Nolte Academy.

DIALECT COACHING 

…at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Shakespeare in Love
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Angie Toomsen

Young Will Shakespeare suffers from writer’s block until Viola inspires his greatest masterpiece. Breaking gender norms and societal boundaries, this play, based on the Oscar-winning film, encourages us to take risks in order to pursue our dreams.

Buy tickets to Shakespeare in Love here!

Ada and the Memory Engine
By Lauren Gunderson
Written by Lisa Kelly

At the dawn of the British Industrial Revolution, mathematician and writer, Ada Byron Lovelace – often considered the first “computer programmer” – envisions a world where art and information converge. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

Buy tickets to Ada and the Memory Engine here!

ACTING

Announcement from the Riverside Theatre website:

“FREE SHAKESPEARE IS RETURNING! HENRY IV PART 1 will arrive on the Festival Stage, June 14-23. Action, comedy, and history collide as Falstaff and King Henry vie for the destiny of Prince Hal, while the kingdom wards off an insurrection.”

I am excited to share that I will be playing Hal! Don’t miss it. 

DIRECTING

Announcement from the Theatre Cedar Rapids website:

“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.

Auditions for Aurora and the other plays yet to be selected for the 2019 Underground New Play Festival will be held in June 2019.

*We are in search of an adult actor in a wheelchair to play Dr. Ellen Beckett. Contact director Katy Hahn at katy@katyhahn.com for more information!

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Email: katy@katyhahn.com
Phone: 641-512-0125

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURED FRIEND…

PATRICK DULANEY!

Patrick is one of Iowa City’s most beloved professional actors, and this month he makes his Broadway debut! What better reason than that to make him March’s featured friend? Actually, there are many reasons to feature Patrick. He is a director and educator who has used his considerable skill and talent to enrich the Corridor theatre community. He is absolutely hilarious and tons of fun, and yet my favorite is watching his heartfelt dramatic work. I played Catherine to his Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge, and I will never forget how thoroughly Patrick immersed himself in the work. Another quality of his that stands out to me is his unflinching truthfulness. He is a good friend, a multi-faceted artist, and an inspiration. Break a leg on Broadway, Patrick!

PAST MONTHS’ FEATURED FRIENDS

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!

Photo by Alisabeth Von Presley
Photo by Alisabeth Von Presley
Photo by Alisabeth Von Presley