November 20, 2018

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Cason Murphy (center), along with other members of the Shakespearean Performance Working Group at the ASTR Forum in La Jolla, CA

Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Theatre Cason Murphy presented his scholarship on the realities of inclusive theatre practices at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Forum held in La Jolla, California, on November 15 – 17, 2018. For this opportunity, Murphy was generously supported by the Department of Music and Theatre, as well as a Faculty Research and Travel Grant offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

November 06, 2018

Keaton Lane
Keaton Lane, Senior in Performing Arts and Journalism

Name: Keaton Lane 

Majors: Journalism and Mass Communication and Performing Arts (emphasis in acting and directing) 

Hometown: Elkader, Iowa 

Graduation: Spring 2019 

November 05, 2018

Iowa State Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band honored with Impact Award

October 18, 2018

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Timothy Davis stood on the deck and looked out over New York City. As he gazed down at a little bodega and basketball court, he noticed the scene seemed familiar. He played on that basketball court as a struggling artist many years ago. Back then he only knew he wanted to be an actor in New York City. Now, as he stood on the balcony during a break from filming "Billions," Davis revelled in the fact his dream had come true.

October 09, 2018

Kelly Olsen

Name: Kelly Olsen

Majors: Music Education (Instrumental) with a certificate in Violin Performance

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Graduation: Spring 2020

October 01, 2018

Egla Hassan
Egla Hassan, Transforming Liberal Arts and Sciences Artist in Residence

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. 

September 13, 2018

Got Out the Vote

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. 

September 05, 2018

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.

August 12, 2018

 Tiffany Antone, Cason Murphy, Charissa Menefee
ISU Theatre Faculty Members: Tiffany Antone, Cason Murphy, and Charissa Menefee

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.

July 02, 2018

Cason Murphy
Cason Murphy

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).

May 24, 2018

ISU Choirs at Carnegie Hall!

aerial view of the New York City skyline.
New York City

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!


May 14, 2018

students standing at the orientation booth for Music and Theatre.Incoming ISU students!! Want to sing in a university choir? Perform in sold-out orchestral concerts and theatrical productionsMarch 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!


May 03, 2018

Sydni Lapsley
Sydni Lapsley

Name: Sydni Lapsley

Majors: Performing Arts and Psychology

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Graduation: May 2021 (Planned)

April 11, 2018
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November 01, 2017

From Iowa to Germany: An adventure in opera


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