Performing Arts Production Unit

Industry professionals committed to collaboration and education make the University of Iowa a hub of innovation and creativity in the performing arts. 

The Performing Arts Production Unit staff supports the production needs of the Department of Theatre Arts, School of Music (Opera), and the Department of Dance, while simultaneously mentoring and training students through on-site, real-world production work.

Cindy Kubu, sewing

Iowa students have the chance to work alongside top-notch pros in the Theatre shops and Dance/Opera shops located across the arts campus in the Theatre Building, Hancher, and Performing Arts Annex to realize designs created by students, faculty, and staff in Dance, Opera, and Theatre Arts.

University of Iowa student arranging lights via light board

Performing Arts Production Unit staff members are highly trained industry professionals in audio engineering, costuming, design, digital media, electrical, props, props artistry, scenic art, scenery construction, stage management, and technical direction.

University of Iowa student inserting gel into stage lighting

The Performing Arts Production Unit leads the installation of productions into a variety of performance venues across campus and the community, including the Hadley Stage at Hancher Auditorium, E.C Mabie Theatre, Alan MacVey Theatre, David Thayer Theatre, Space Place Theater, and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Meet the Team

Our staff consists of highly trained professionals including costume and scenery designers, electricians, carpenters, sound engineers, props masters, and much more.

If you'd like to get involved with Production, contact one of our team members from your area of interest below. For general inquiries, call 319-335-1153 or email papu-office@uiowa.edu.

 

Senior Management

Briana Maxwell

Briana Maxwell

Title/Position
Performing Arts Production Manager
Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Artistic

Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer

Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer

Title/Position
Costume and Scenery Designer

Coordination

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Jason Millsap

Title/Position
Associate Company Manager and Office Coordinator

Production

Emily Berkheimer

Emily Berkheimer

Title/Position
Digital Media Specialist Dance, Opera, and Theatre
Headshot Emily Busha

Emily Bushá

Title/Position
Costume Shop Manager Theatre
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Rachel Duncan

Title/Position
Audio/Video Supervisor Dance, Opera, and Theatre
Robert Durham

Robert Durham

Title/Position
Technical Director, Theatre
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Samantha Goblirsch-Paradis

Title/Position
Production Stage Manager, Theatre
Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Title/Position
Scene Shop Lead Carpenter, Theatre
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Chris Jensen

Title/Position
Audio Engineer Dance, Opera, and Theatre
Cindy Kubu, sewing

Cindy Kubu

Title/Position
Costume Shop Manager, Dance and Opera
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Herbert Moore

Title/Position
Scene Shop Supervisor
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Joshua Nathanson

Title/Position
Audio, Video, Electrics Manager
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Joan Newhouse

Title/Position
Scenic Charge Artist Manager, Dance, Opera, and Theatre
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Mike Nolte

Title/Position
Scene Shop Supervisor Dance and Opera
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KatyBeth Schmid

Title/Position
Production Stage Manager, Dance and Opera
Don Schneider

Don Schneider

Title/Position
Technical Director Dance and Opera
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Jessica Smith

Title/Position
Costume Fabrication Specialist, Theatre
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Gina Smothers

Title/Position
Props Artisan Dance, Opera, and Theatre
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