April 18th

Performance Driven Arts

The next generation of Performing Artists is taking over! Join our watch party, no matter where you are located, and experience virtual theatre and opera productions created by ISU Theatre and Music students throughout the last year. Enjoy diverse stories and engage with the creators in real-time. Don’t forget the popcorn!

At the end of the day, don’t forget to tell us what sparked you — take this brief survey and share your thoughts about experiencing these innovative and dynamic performances!

View our full list of events below – all times are in CDT. Can’t make it to every event or in a different time zone? Click on the scheduled event to view the archived video or watch any of our on-demand offerings to join in anytime, anywhere!

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12:45 PM
Innovation Happens Here Welcome

David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean for the Ivy College of Business

Welcome to Ignite Innovation Showcase Day 3: Performance Drive Arts! Join Dean Spalding as he gives an overview of the day and provides some insight into the innovation taking place at Iowa State University.

1:00 PM
Welcome to the Watch Party

Brad Dell, Director of Theatre

We’re having a watch party, and you can join in from wherever you are! Join Director of Theatre Brad Dell as he introduces Theatre and Music Innovations and offers context about the offerings being presented throughout the day.

1:05 PM
Our Community Carol: A Blueprint for a Play

Experience the magic of the holiday season and the power of community, with ISU Theatre’s original, modern-day version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Set in Ames, Iowa, and narrated by three bored theatre ghosts, the story centers on Tiny, a clever and imaginative student, and other Ames residents. With a little ghostly interference, the characters find themselves coming together as a community. Learn more.

3:00 PM
Of the Deep: Meditations on the Death of a Blue Whale

What does it mean when a massive whale carcass washes up on the shore of a coastal town? Created by members of the ISU Theatre community, this series of short shadow-puppet films reflects on the consequences and complexities of environmental crisis. Learn more.

4:00 PM
Innovation in Performing Arts: A Panel Discussion with Theatre and Music Students

Join ISU Theatre and Music students for a panel discussion about their innovative and imaginative experiences over the last year.

6:00 PM
Perform the Protest: A Theatre Action for Our Time

In this time of reflection, reckoning, and transformation, ISU Theatre will provide space and resources for students to harness their voices and make art in response to this moment. Learn more.

7:00 PM
On the Horizon: Festival of Student Produced Work

In the spirit of this Season of Invitation, we have invited our students to run the show! This festival of student-produced work* will feature a variety of forms and styles of performances created, devised, produced, directed, performed, and designed entirely by ISU students. Learn more.
*Several festival selections contain adult language and content.

9:00 PM
Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is one of the most beloved operas of the English Baroque. Its libretto focuses on a single episode taken from Homer's “Iliad,” in which Aeneas encounters the peaceful island of Carthage and its lovely queen, Dido, and leaves both island and queen in ruins with his departure. The opera is groundbreaking for its time, in that nearly every scene is told from the standpoint of the opera's female characters. Our production has been updated to 21st-century Wall Street and is accompanied by a comic scene from Francesco Cavalli's opera L'Egisto.

What Sparked You?

Take this brief survey and share your thoughts about experiencing these innovative and dynamic performances!