“Hancher is for everybody,” Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson told more than 1,000 audience members attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 9 for the shining new star on the University of Iowa arts campus.
After years of planning and construction, a grand opening welcomed the public to the new $176 million performance space on Sept. 9. Just before the ceremonial ribbon was cut, speeches were made by UI President Bruce Harreld, Gov. Terry Brandstad and Hancher benefactors Mary Jo and Dick Stanley, among others.
Hancher Auditorium, which flooded in 2008, is rebuilt and open for tours. Executive Director Chuck Swanson said he enjoys taking people inside for the first time to get their "wow" reaction.
University of Iowa theatre arts alumnus Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors, passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 83.