This episode features our essential worker, Jacqueline (Rosado) Trujillo. Jacqueline works as a grocery store employee in the state of California.

Play: You Mean Menial
by K.T. Peterson

Essential Workers Episode #1

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Sasha Tyler is a junior at the university, although she spent her first year of college training at Creighton University. She has been in a multitude of shows around the Iowa City and Coralville area with the Department of Theatre Arts, City Circle, Nolte Academy, and ICCT. She is so excited to be in her first mainstage and would like to thank all the essential workers involved!

Portrait Artist | TREVOR ASMUSSEN

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Playwright | K.T. PETERSON

K.T. Peterson is a playwright, actor, director, and educator. She teaches playwriting at Earlham College. Her play Love Bird will receive its world premiere at the Phoenix Theater of Indianapolis in 2021. Publications include: The True Story of the Hitchhiker Who Was Shot In Pursuit of Kindness (, and Holy Jolie (Geeky Press). She graduated from Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Towson University where she taught rhetoric and acting. She has a 15-year relationship with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and its Lilly Theater; acting, directing, and writing museum and children’s theater. Other writing credits include: Women Works Playwright Winner, New York Musical Theater Festival Developmental Playwriting Series, ATHE semi-finalist, Jerome Fellowship Finalist, Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference Fellow, National Playwriting Nomination, Musical Theatre Award (Book) Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, WordBRIDGE Playwriting Lab, and semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference and Musical Theatre Conference. Current projects include a new sci-fi, folk-rock musical Razor Creek, a novel, and caring for a brand new human.

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Courtney Graham is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa, originally from West Des Moines. She is studying theatre arts on the musical theatre track. Outside of theatre, she is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair of Alpha Chi Omega sorority on campus. She would like to thank Jordan, her roommate, for her endless patience and for allowing her apartment to be taken over in the name of filming.

Meet the Essential Workers Creative Team