creative team
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Amanda Keating is a playwright and translator from western Massachusetts pursuing her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Plays include With Fellowship (EST/Sloan Commission, O'Neill Finalist), Teach/Teach (Leah Ryan Honorable Mention), Retreat (Ensemble Studio Theatre), adaptations of Tartuffe and Miss Julie (Two Headed Rep), and others. She is a former EST/Youngblood member and the Literary Manager of Two Headed Rep.

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Sarah Gazdowicz is a second-year MFA directing candidate. Before coming to Iowa City, Sarah lived and worked in Boston for over 10 years working as a director, performer, and educator with theatres at every level. Previous UI productions: The Job by Ikram Basra and Effective by Charlie O’Leary. Other recent directing credits: The Last Catastrophist, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Nether. So grateful for the joy of this show and, as always, love to Bob!

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Dramaturg | ROB ASCHER

Rob Ascher is a second-year dramaturgy MFA candidate at the University of Iowa and is overjoyed to be back in the theater with HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING after working virtually on A Plant and outside with Blue Whale Variations.

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Costume Designer | JILL KLINKEFUS*

Jill Klinkefus is a fourth-year theatre arts major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is focusing her studies on design, with a particular interest in costume design. Previous work at Iowa includes assistant costume designer for Three Sisters and costume designer for Three to Five Days.

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Lighting Designer | JACKSON KOPESKY*

Jackson Kopesky is an undergraduate student in his junior year at the University of Iowa, majoring in theatre arts on the lighting design track and computer science. He was born and raised in Marion, Iowa, and has assisted and crewed a number of productions at and away from the university.

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Music Director & Composer | JEREMY GERAGOTELIS

Jeremy Geragotelis  is a playwright and composer. Their work has been produced in New York, Vermont, Philadelphia, and Tokyo, Japan. They are a third-year MFA candidate in the Playwrights Workshop. Their plays include An Unsettled Body (University of Iowa) and The Preparation to the Death of Mary Dyer (KCACTF Musical Theater Award Winner). They are a founding member of Water House Collective. Thanks for the singing and for the joy that it brought.

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Hadeel Alaithan is a student in her senior year, majoring in theatre arts, focusing mainly on scenic design. She was the scenic designer for Deer’s Blood, foreclosure, and the assistant scenic designer for Our Lady of 121st Street. This is her first time stage managing, and it is her last play as a student at the University of Iowa. Thanks to the creative team and cast for making her last play as a student one of her best unforgettable experiences in UI.

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Assistant Director/Dramaturg | MEG MECHELKE*

Meg Mechelke is a third-year student studying theatre arts and creative writing. Her most recent department credits include work on Symphony and Queer Horror Festival. In her spare time, she can often be found reading scary stories and listening to Taylor Swift.


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