Acting classes

Hi everyone!

Matt Falduto here, the former editor of this page.

I’m on the right. But I don’t really look like that anymore. Brad (on the left) still looks the same however. How does he manage that?

The Iowa Theatre Blog may be gone, but I do want to let you know about a new endeavor I am embarking upon. For the last few years, I’ve been working in children’s theatre, mostly with Young Footliters. I wrote and directed a number of shows for them and it’s been fantastic.

The cast of Kazoo, my most recent play. These kids are all awesome.

So this summer I’ve decided to offer theatre classes to kids from 1st through 8th grade!

You can find all of the information about the classes by clicking this sentence.

You can also follow my blog where I will post various theatre related thoughts that enter into my brain. Right now I’m doing a series on theatre games. What’s your favorite theatre game? Head over there and tell me in the comments.

Finally, like my Facebook page if you are so inclined.

Hope everyone is out there enjoying some live theatre! I know I have been.

This is closer to what I look like now. Except my beard is longer. And that’s not Brad.

Brian Glick’s TOP FIVE

Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Brian Glick, one of the founders of Revival Theatre Company in Cedar Rapids. Debuting in 2014, Revival quickly established itself as a strong theatre performing classic musicals as well as rare gems. Next up for them is Sunday in the Park with George. I really enjoyed reading Brian’s inspiring descriptions of powerful theatre moments and I know you will, too.


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Braden JP Rood’s TOP FIVE (repost)

Check out this Top Five from Braden JP Rood! And then be sure to come back Monday for the first in a new series of Top Fives!


Today’s TOP FIVE comes to us from Braden JP Rood who takes us to a beautiful little town called Mount Vernon. I’ve been a fan of Mount Vernon for years, ever since a few of us drove there to create the Black Doggers playwriting group in the home of Joe Jennison back in 2006. (Joe had a black dog that we weren’t allowed to touch.) It’s home to Cornell College, the annual Chalk the Walk festival, and, of course, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre. If you find yourself wondering what to do sometimes, I’d say check out Mount Vernon. It’s a great place to be. And now Braden’s TOP FIVE!

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Monica Leo’s TOP FIVE (repost)

Today you can check out Monica Leo’s Top Five. And remember to check back on Monday for a whole new series of Top Fives!


Today’s TOP FIVE is all about puppets! Monica Leo, founder of Eulenspiegel Puppets has been creating shows since the 1970s. If you’ve never been to the Owl Glass Puppetry Center in West Liberty, you need to do so. And in case you think puppets are just for kids, let me assure you that there are shows aimed at us older folks, too. For instance, you could check out their annual Puppets and Pastries: Dessert Theatre for Adults. But for now, read Monica Leo’s TOP FIVE!

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Rob Merritt’s TOP FIVE (repost)

Today we’re reposting Rob Merritt’s Top Five. Be sure to check back Monday, July 30 for the first brand new Top Five!


Today’s TOP FIVE comes from Rob Merritt, who should be familiar to both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids audiences. He wrote the play The Summerland Project for one of TCR’s Underground Play Festivals, and it became a bit of a sensation, garnering a mainstage production and is now being turned into a movie. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, you can check out a current production at the Olathe Civic Theatre Association in Kansas. It runs through June 21. But for now, let’s check out Rob’s TOP FIVE. (Spoiler alert – The Summerland Project made the list…)

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Chris Okiishi’s TOP FIVE (repost)

For our second re-post, here’s Chris Okiishi’s Top Five! New Top Fives are less than a week away! Be sure to check back on Monday, July 30.



Today’s TOP FIVE comes from someone known to pretty much anyone who does theatre in Iowa City/Coralville – Chris Okiishi. While Chris’ theatre home is City Circle, his impact on the theatre community extends far further. Chris is always willing to help out his fellow theatre artists with advice, props, scripts, and so much more. If you need to know who in town has a certain skill, ask Chris – he probably knows someone. So it is with much pleasure that we present Chris’ TOP FIVE shows. (Note that loveable scamp that he is, he cheated and includes more than five shows. Pretty sneaky, Chris.)

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