Blog from February, 2012

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Callboard Updates!

Attention University of Iowa Students:

Be sure to check out the Competition and Internship links under Student Opportunities on the Callboard for some exciting new programs and experiences!


The University of Iowa is participating in Shinsai, a fundraising event being held in theatres nationwide in support of the theatre community in Japan effected by the March 11th earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

On March 10th (March 11th in Japan) at 8:00pm in Theatre B there will be an informal reading of works by Suzan-Lori Parks, Naomi Iizuka, Toshiki Okada, many U Iowa playwrights and others. Admission is free, but pay-what-you-can donations will be collected to be sent to the Japan Playwrights Foundation.
If you are interested in getting involved in the event, please contact Sarah Johnson at

We are currently looking for actors, house management and someone familiar with Theatre B to turn the lights on and off. Any volunteers would be GREATLY appreciated. The only time commitment will be a rehearsal 2 hours before the performance and the performance itself. If you are available from 6:00pm-9:30pm on March 10th, you are able to volunteer!

Also - spread the word! There is a description below for those who are interested in more information.

Any questions or interested volunteers, email!

Last spring, shortly after the devastating earthquake in Japan, actor James Yaegashi, whose family is from a nearby area, called friends in the New York theatre to say, "We as a theatre community have to do something to help our fellow artists on the other side of the world."

Six months later, a friendly consortium of over a dozen organizations has come together. And now a remarkable nationwide event is underway.

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the earthquake, theatres everywhere are invited to join SHINSAI: THEATERS FOR JAPAN. Shinsai [SHEEN-sigh] means great quake in Japanese.

A menu of 10 minute plays and songs has been commissioned from major American and Japanese artists, who have donated their work for this one-day only event. Using the model of 365 Days/365 Plays, each theater nationwide will be able to craft their own event, drawing from the commissioned plays and from work generated by their own resident artists. Audiences everywhere on this day can donate relief funds to the Japan Playwrights Association to disburse to the Japanese theater community affected by the disaster. Any and all donation amounts are encouraged.

In New York City, all the plays and songs will be presented in the Great Hall at Cooper Union on March 11, 2012. Every theater nationwide is invited to create their own special event, to collaborate with other nearby theaters, to spread the word and be part of this exciting day. We envision events large and small around the country drawn differently from the menu of plays.

Contributing artists include: Edward Albee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Oriza Hirata, Naomi Iizuka, Shoji Kokami, Tony Kushner, Toshiki Okada, Yoji Sakate, Kumiko Shinohara, Toshiro Suzue, Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.

Submit your scholarship application by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 2nd.  Visit for details.

We need your help welcoming the Class of 2016 to campus this fall!

As you may know, On Iowa! is a welcome and orientation program for first-year students during which they will be introduced to campus and taught about Hawkeye history and traditions. Student Leaders play a huge role, answering questions and helping students connect with each other and to the resources they’ll need to be successful at Iowa.

The program is three days – Aug. 17-19 – but the Student Leader commitment begins Aug. 13. You’ll receive $100 stipend and some freebies for your time.

For more information and to apply online, visit

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.

Art Share is looking for 2 actors to participate in performances at local elementary schools. The short play being performed is a children's story about dental hygieene. Karius and Baktus tells the story of the tiny trolls who live in your teeth. Performance should be less than 20 minutes and 3-6 performances at the end of February are expected.


A stipend provided for those actors involved.


Email if you are interested!

Big Love will be accepting donations for white dresses. We are looking for white dresses of any size, any style, and any time period. These dresses will be altered and/or distressed for the purposes of the show. Please deposit your donations in the box by the Theatre main office. Donations start today at 5 pm and will continue through February 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Dee Bodley at:

Iowa Summer Rep Auditions

Auditions for Iowa Summer Rep will be held on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th. Perusal copies of the scripts may be borrowed from the script check-out drawer in main office of the Theatre Building. For more information and to sign up for an audition slot, click here.

Theatre Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Applications are available in the main office or as a pdf here.  Applications are due March 2.  All theatre majors are encouraged to apply!

Be a part of the 15th annual Ten-Minute Play Festival!  Board ops (light and sound) are needed.  Training will be provided.  Tech begins on Sunday (February 12).  Performance dates are February 16-19.   Interested?  Contact Becca Tritten ( 

Click here for more information and to sign-up.

Playwriting scholarship available through CLAS with February 1st deadline!  More information here