Virtual Shakespeare at the University of Iowa

‘Play the Knave’ puts players in the players’ shoes

Motion-capture Shakespeare video game comes to the UI
Former University of Iowa professor Gina Bloom brought “Play the Knave,” a motion-capture video game that she helped develop, to the UI as part of the semester-long Shakespeare at Iowa celebration.

LIttle Village Photos: Hancher Auditorium grand opening

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 grand opening scene

Standing ovation

Speakers, blessings, and performances introduce Hancher Auditorium to the world during grand opening ceremony Sept. 9
Hundreds of enthusiastic patrons and well-wishers from across the country, including local, state, and national leaders, gave a standing ovation to the University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium during a grand opening ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9.
detail of "we all perform" art

Artwork showcases Hancher's mission at the UI, across Iowa

Two new public art pieces will be unveiled at the Hancher grand opening on Sept. 9
El Anatsui's "Anonymous Creature" and a mural created by Anita Jung and seventh-graders across the state punctuate Hancher's missions of performance and working with youth.
Hancher Auditorium Executive Director Chuck Swanson stands in the new auditorium. The grand opening will take place Sept. 9.

'Hancher does need a home'

As Hancher Auditorium prepares to celebrate its grand opening, Executive Director Chuck Swanson reflects on the past eight years
In the wake of the historic 2008 flood, which damaged more than 2.5 million square feet of space on the University of Iowa campus, neither the UI nor Hancher skipped a beat. Chuck Swanson, Hancher's executive director, calls that an accomplishment driven by spirit and passion.
First Folio

UI Libraries hosts Shakespeare's First Folio

The University of Iowa Libraries has launched Shakespeare at Iowa, a special exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and a statewide celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Kayt Conrad.

Pianos don't play well underwater

Kayt Conrad recounts the Division of Performing Arts' race against the 2008 flood
In the wake of the 2008 flooding of the Iowa River, Kayt Conrad and her team had to scramble to find new facilities that could accommodate Division of Performing Arts students and faculty. But first, they had to save the pianos.