Student Opportunities

Opportunities for incorporating theatre into your Coe experience abound:

  • Take a class or theatre lab
  • Get involved with BLINDSPOT and OFF-STAGE PLAYERS
  • Study off-campus
  • Participate in one of our three main-stage productions.
  • Share your talent in any number of student-directed or student generated productions.
  • Write a play and get it produced by The City Dionysia
  • Start your own improv group…

We encourage our students to take what they have learned in the classroom and test it with their peers on stage in the Mills Experimental Theatre or in the community schools with young people.

Chris Leyva ’01, has this to say about his theatre experiences at Coe:

“While I was concentrating on directing and writing, I stage managed a play and a huge musical, I performed in five plays, I edited sound cues and ran the sound board, I hung and focused lights. I helped build sets and construct costumes for almost every production that was produced in my four years.”

Off-Stage Players

Off-Stage Players (OSP) is a student organization which supports theatre on Coe's campus and in the greater Cedar Rapids community. OSP regularly hosts events like Blindspot, Play in a Day, City Dionysia, and the Shake Your Willie Dance on campus, as well as coordinating ushering and Hugs & Kisses for main stage productions at Coe. OSP also supports theatre off-campus, purchasing tickets to shows in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the surrounding area.

Tim Miller in residence with Coe Theatre

Internationally renowned performance artist Tim Miller was in residence with the Coe Theatre Department from Monday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.

Hailed for their humor and passion, Miller's performance works have delighted and emboldened audiences all over the world at such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the London Institute of Contemporary Art and the Brooklyn Academy of music Next Wave Festival. Since 1990, Miller has taught performance in the theater department at UCLA.

Anita Gates of the New York Times calls Miller, "A charming and wildly energetic storyteller! Funny, forceful and full of vigorous gay pride!"

Along with leading classroom workshop sessions, Miller performed his solo piece Lay of the Land (focusing on the issue of gay marriage) on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Dows Theatre. In addition, he produced an all-student performance piece that was presented in the Mills Experimental Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 24. Both events were free and open to the public.

American Players actor David Daniels

American Players actor David Daniels gave a workshop on Stage Combat and Shakespearean Acting on Feb. 11, 2007.

Pictured here are Kit Timmerman, David Daniels and Katie Becker. David demonstrates how to push Shakespeare's language through a door with compression of speech exercises.