The children's hour
by lillian helman
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Martha Dobie | ALLISON SASS*

Fourth-year theatre arts and cinema double-major, Allison (she/her) is excited to bring The Children's Hour a new life onstage. She has most recently played Ready in England's Splendid Daughters (UIowa), Laika in Smile Medicine (UIowa), and Rosalind in As You Like It (Limelight Theatre Company). Allison thanks those who helped make this production happen, Coach K for her vision, and you, for watching. 

Olivia Foster

Karen Wright | OLIVIA FOSTER

Olivia Foster is a second-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she started her artistic journey as a dancer. Through the years, she ventured into various artistic mediums and found a passion in acting. Olivia attended Kennesaw State University and received a BA in Theater and Performance Studies. Her previous productions include 45 Plays for 45 Presidents, American La Ronde, Our Lady of 121st Street, and BLKS . Olivia would like to thank her parents for all of their love and support. 

Katie Gucik

Lily Mortar | KATIE GUCIK

Katie Gucik is a second-year MFA actor at the University of Iowa. She was most recently seen in the Iowa New Play Festival production of It’s Like Riding A Bike, in the Iowa Director’s Festival production of Small Hours, and on the Mabie Stage as Marcia in Our Lady of 121st Street. Other recent credits include Crazy for You (Patricia Fodor) with San Diego Musical Theater and Lend Me A Tenor the Musical (Young Maria) at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Big thank you to this creative team and cast, and to you… for supporting live theatre! 

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Joseph Cardin | AARON CASTLE

Aaron Castle is a second-year MFA Acting candidate. Aaron is a Los Angeles based actor. His film credits include Clyde (Sleep No More), Adam stunt double (Pod Boy Nightmare), and Isaac (Omar). His theatre credits include John Proctor (The Crucible), Carl Specter (Holy Ghosts), and Adam Logan (Dysfunctional Family Christmas). Aaron is represented by Volition Entertainment. 

Sophia Kilburg

Mary Tilford | SOPHIA KILBURG*

Sophia Kilburg is a senior at the University of Iowa double majoring in Theatre Arts and English with a minor in Dance. Sophia has recently appeared in String and Where Are You Going, Holler Greene? at the University of Iowa and in Newsies and The Music Man at Countryside Theatre in Eldridge, IA. She would like to thank her teachers, family, and friends for all their support! 

Jen Hogan


Jennifer Hogan is in her second year at the University of Iowa and has a passion for acting, directing, writing, and music. This is her third show at the university, and she is excited to be working with such talented people! Most recently, she played Ava in England’s Splendid Daughters and Dhaperone in And Then. She is pursuing a double major in English and Theatre Arts with an emphasis on acting and hopes to study cinema as well. 

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Jessie Shaw is in their last semester of undergrad and is excited to be going out with this show! You may have seen them as Meg in How Can I Keep From Singing by Amanda Keating last fall and as Dahl in The Honey War by Micah Ariel James. They hope this show will get the mind churning about how to envision a queer future. A few thank yous! Thank you to Ann, Hallie, and the design team for working their creative muscles to the nth degree and for their unwavering care and support. Thank you to the cast for always being there for a laugh. Thank you to my friends and family near and far for their patience and also everything probably.  Much love always <3. 

Emily Parr
Mrs. Tilford/Janet | EMILY PARR*
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Virginia Wangechi Muturi: Senior, Theatre Arts and Enterprise Leadership double-major. Uiowa theatre credits: I Shall Not Be Moved (NPF 2022- Reading Series), Gwenevere (Spring 2022), Smile Medicine (Fall 2021), Ascend (Spring 2021), 6x6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice -The Honey War & #Masks (Fall 2020), & Taurus Sun/Aries Moon (Early 2020).
Instagram: @virginiawmuturi

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Catherine | ELLIE TURK*

Ellie Turk is a fourth year Theatre Arts and Chemistry major from the Twin Cities. Past University performances include You Are Not Alone in the Void, Shakespeare in Flux, Bigfoot Takes a Walk, Sirens of the Field, Wild, Wonderful, Smile Medicine, and String

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Leslie/Grocery Boy | DELANEY WATERMAN*

Delaney Waterman is a second-year student from Treynor Iowa, double majoring in Theatre and Communications with a minor in cinema. Her previous productions at the University include Symphony, Queer Horror Festival, and I Saw You/New Person. This is her first main stage production. A big thank you to the cast and crew for all their hard work and to Mom and Dad for all their support! 

Alysun Shamburg


Alysun Shamburg is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Theatre Arts, Cinema, and Linguistics. She was previously in the 2022 New Play Festival in Stars and Stones. She would like to thank her family who drove 5 hours to see her perform, her friends for their support, and the countless artists who inspire her every day. 

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Margaret Schafer is so excited to be part of this incredible production! She is a fourth-year student from Cedar Falls pursuing a Theatre major (Musical Theatre focus), Political Science minor, and Museum Studies certification. She was most recently seen on the UI stage as Time/Chorus in String. Other UI credits include Where Are You Going, Holler Greene? (Lizard), [the serpent under't] (Stentho), and the 2020 Ten-Minute Play Festival (Patti, Encounters in the Moment).

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.