Performing Arts at UI Not Just for Students Majoring in Dance, Music, Theater

Tuesday, March 12, 2019










Audience members for the October 2018 world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey at the University of Iowa’s E.C. Mabie Theatre likely didn’t know it, but they also saw the stage debut of the actor playing Captain Frederick Tilney.

Jeremy Burling, a fifth-year student from Bloomington, Minnesota, majoring in industrial engineering, says he has always been interested in theater, but between classes and sports in high school, he never got the chance to be in the school play. A professor in the UI Department of Theatre Arts suggested he attend fall auditions.

“When I auditioned, it was the first time I ever acted,” Burling says. “I figured if I didn’t do it now, I would never do it. It’s so accessible here. And they encourage it, which is really cool about the University of Iowa.”