Name: Keaton Lane
Majors: Journalism and Mass Communication and Performing Arts (emphasis in acting and directing)
Hometown: Elkader, Iowa
Graduation: Spring 2019
Iowa State Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band honored with Impact Award
Name: Kelly Olsen
Nationally renowned theatre director and educator Egla Birmingham Hassan will direct ISU Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play later this semester. Hassan was selected as one of the inaugural Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Artists in Residence, a new program funded by the Transforming Liberal Arts and Sciences Endowment which seeks bring renowned creative or performing artists to campus, primarily in music, theatre and creative writing, to participate in an artistic endeavor at ISU.
Iowa State University Theatre will participate in Playwrights Horizons’ #PlayOurPart initiative, a national, nonpartisan movement to increase voter participation by registering voters in theater lobbies. #PlayOurPart participants represent theatres from every corner of the nation, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public Theatre, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, and Victory Gardens Theater, among others.
ISU Theatre has invited Vote Everywhere, a non-partisan voter registration ISU student organization, to set up registration booths at its production of This is Not a Pipe Dream, September 28-October 7, and Orpheus in the Underworld, November 1-4.
Listed below are links to recorded examples of our faculty performing the 2018 Iowa "All-State" etudes. Several of these etudes feature written comments to help you prepare your audition. These recordings are not meant to be definitive examples. They are simply one person's interpretation, with a limited amount of preparation time, to assist you in preparing your own interpretation.
Iowa State University Theatre faculty members Cason Murphy, Tiffany Antone, and Charissa Menefee were honored to present on three different panels at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference held in Boston, MA, on August 1–5, 2018.
Cason Murphy, ISU’s incoming assistant professor of theatre, was just awarded first prize in the Cinema ScandinaviaIngmar Bergman Writing Competition with his article, "Flirting with the ‘Loyal Wife’: Bergman’s Theatrical Affair with Nora."
Cinema Scandinavia‘s competition sought out articles exploring unique aspects of Bergman’s life and work and was held in conjunction with the Bergman 100 celebrations taking place throughout 2018 recognizing the 100th birthday of the great Swedish filmmaker. In his article, Murphy explores Bergman’s prolific theatrical career with specific focus on his radical deconstruction of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in 1981 entitled Nora (which Murphy staged as his MFA thesis at Baylor University in 2015).
ISU Choirs at Carnegie Hall!
This April all ISU choirs will sing our Masterworks Concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City! Register NOW for an ISU choir, and join our choral family for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
During Summer Orientation please meet the conductors and receive guidance for choir registration on your “Day 1” (Music Hall 11:00-12:30 p.m.). If you miss meeting the conductors, please register for the choir that seems to meet your needs and proceed with the audition process in the fall. All auditions are brief and stress free!
Incoming ISU students!! Want to sing in a university choir? Perform in sold-out orchestral concerts and theatrical productions? March on the field of Jack Trice Stadium? Play in a jazz band or concert band?
We have answers to your questions and a place for you in the Department of Music & Theatre!! Come visit our booth at the Resource Fair this summer during your ISU orientation!!
11:30am-1pm in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. See you there!
Name: Sydni Lapsley
Majors: Performing Arts and Psychology
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Graduation: May 2021 (Planned)
What are you working on right now?
I am currently stage-managing my first show! It is ISU Theatre’s first show of the 2018-19 season, This Is Not A Pipe Dream written by Barry Kornhauser, and is being directed by Amanda Petefish-Schrag.
What is your favorite thing about your experiences so far?
My favorite thing about my experiences so far is working with so many incredibly unique people. Everyone encourages each other to find their footing in the department so they can discover their passion and blossom with each production they work on.
Why did you choose the department of Music and Theatre at ISU?
I chose the department of Music and Theatre at Iowa State because they encourage student to express their art whether it be on stage or back stage. They also promote a diverse community and are building us up to be better citizen artists.
Advice for prospective students:
Audition, audition, audition and try everything! ISU Theatre gives you the opportunity to work on stage and back stage so why not do both.
AMES, Iowa – The John Philip Sousa Foundation will present the Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band with the Sudler Trophy during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Civil engineering student finds similarities between engineering and piano performance in college adventure