Creativity is at the heart of everything we do.

At the University of Iowa, we collaborate across campus and community, blending artistry and technology to offer a tremendous variety of ways to enjoy the performing arts—whether you are a creator, performer, or audience member.

Three electric performances featuring UI students and faculty

This semester, join us for brilliant, diverse, eclectic artistry celebrating students, faculty, and staff across the performing arts.

Dance students working with professors Stephanie Miracle and Eloy Barragán will take to the Hancher stage with the iconic Martha Graham Company. Theatre Arts students will bring a beautiful play to life under the direction of Professor Caroline Clay. And School of Music students will perform a new opera at Hancher with music composed by Professor William Menefield, who will also direct. 

Each performance is emblematic of what’s possible on a campus committed to collaborative, transformational arts experiences for artists and audiences alike.

Iowa: Your Destination for the Performing Arts

The University of Iowa has long been a place where creativity and the arts are celebrated. We are proud to be part of Performing Arts at Iowa—and proud of a new video that highlights just how amazing this campus and community are. With music composed by UI School of Music student Sean Harken, the video is a celebration—and an example—of all that can be created here.


Into the Woods music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, directed by Stephen Thorne

Into the Woods

Department of Theatre Arts

March 1–9

E.C. Mabie Theatre | UI Theatre Building

Y La Bamba at Hancher Auditorium on March 22, 2024

Y La Bamba

Hancher Auditorium

March 22

Hancher Auditorium

So Percussion and Caroline Shaw / March 25 & 26

Sō Percussion and Caroline Shaw

Hancher Auditorium

March 25 + 26

Hancher Auditorium


Department of Dance

School of Music

Department of Theatre Arts

1 ST

university to award MFA degree in the U.S.

450 +

performances per year


student-to-faculty ratio

Hancher Auditorium


There is so much for you to discover

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