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 past semester was filled with brilliant, diverse, eclectic artistry that celebrated students, faculty, and staff across the performing arts.

Dance students, working with Professors Stephanie Miracle and Eloy Barragán—and with MFA student Katelyn Perez—took to the Hancher stage with the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company. Theatre Arts students brought a beautiful play to life under the direction of Professor Caroline Clay. And School of Music students performed a new opera at Hancher with music composed by Professor William Menefield, who also directed. 

Each performance was 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.


Come From Away at Hancher Auditorium June 4-6, 2024

Come From Away

Hancher Auditorium

June 4–6

Hancher Auditorium

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University of Iowa

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


Artists Mae Dunning in black pull-over and jeans, Amanda Stout to Herky's right in yellow cardigan over the Alumni Band's 50th Anniversary t-shirt, and Marching Band Director Dr. Eric Bush in black pull over and khaki pants posing with the completed Alumni Band Herky for Herky on Parade. The Alumni Marching Herky is center, fully costumed in the original Marching Band Uniform from the 1940s and 50s.

The Hawkeye Marching Band’s vintage uniform will be on display for the 2024 Herky on Parade

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Hawkeye Marching Band alum Amanda Stout (2017 BA), and current HMB member, Mae Dunning, bring Alumni Band Herky to life.
4-year-old Paul Amrani, dancing in Halsey Hall during a Youth Ballet class

Iowa City dance kid meets Chicago: The Musical

Monday, April 29, 2024

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