Guide to Iowa City Area Live Theaters

The play’s the thing . . . and Iowa City and its surrounding area has a number of local venues for you to watch—or get involved with live theater. Whether it’s your (or your child’s) preference to be on the stage or part of the audience, here is information to get you to the theater.

Guide to Live Theaters in the Iowa City AreaGuide to Iowa City Area Live Theaters

Iowa City Community Theatre

Iowa City Community Theater

Iowa City Community Theatre (ICCT) is the longest running live theater in Iowa City. It is known for producing popular plays and musicals. 

Address: 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road SE, Iowa City (The Johnson County Fairgrounds)

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville

City Circle Theatre Company

Its mission: To present professional caliber theatrical productions and events that provide education, enrichment, and enlightenment to the public.

Address: Performances at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville
Phone: 319-248-9370

Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre is a professional theatre that connects artists and audiences through intimate, engaging, and provocative productions from the classics to new works, and provides an artistic home for regional theatre professionals. Enjoy free Shakespeare at Lower City Park in Iowa City during the summer!
Address: 119 East College St., Iowa City
Phone: 319-887-1360

Dreamwell Theatre

Dreamwell TheatreDreamwell is a theatre that creates innovative, fresh and provocative experiences that challenge audiences and actors while giving all members of the community an opportunity to grow and develop artistically.

Address: Most shows are produced at 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City
Email: [email protected]

Willow Creek Theatre Company

Willow Creek Theatre Company

Willow Creek Theatre Company is a newer theatre committed to raising the bar for ethical working conditions for the area’s professional performing artists. It offers paid opportunities for a wide variety of acts including (but not limited to) comedians, musicians, and full scale theatrical productions. Allowing audiences to know their ticket supports the artists they enjoy as much as the art they love.

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Email: [email protected]


Young Footliters

Young Footliters

Young Footliters is a program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts offering kindergarten through 12th graders:

  • Fun, creative, and educational theater arts opportunities in a safe, positive, and professional environment
  • Quality productions and classes that promote responsibility, confidence, leadership, cooperation, and arts appreciation

Address: Most performances at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville. Tickets at

Combined Efforts

Combined Efforts

Combined Efforts is a visual and performing arts company with a mission of artistic excellence through purposeful collaboration between artists with and without disabilities.

Address: Performances in various locations, including Johnson County Fairgrounds, City High School, and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

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The Englert Theatre

The Englert Theater

The mission of The Englert Theatre is to own, maintain, and operate The Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing the vitality of Iowa City’s historic downtown by preserving its last historic theater.

Address: 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City
Phone: 319-688-2653

Hancher Auditorium

Hancher Auditorium

Address: 141 E. Park Road, Iowa City
Phone: 800-426-2437

Hancher supports The University of Iowa’s mission of teaching, research, and service by presenting the world’s finest performing artists; developing, engaging, and enlightening audiences; initiating and supporting the creation of new works; and providing artistic, educational, technical, human, and physical resources to the University and the people of Iowa.

We hope you can use this Guide to Iowa City Area Live Theaters as a resource to get your child involved in the arts or to enjoy a show with friends or family.
Sharon Falduto is a Central Iowa native who came to University of Iowa in 1991 and essentially never left the area. She is involved in local community theater, notably as one of the co-founders of Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre. She has also directed children's plays with the Young Footliters group. Sharon works in with English Language Learners in a support position at Kirkwood Community College.. She lives in Coralville with her husband, Matt, and three daughters Rachel, Samantha, and Piper.


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