Who We Are

Steve Taft is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. He has worked as a director, actor, designer and most recenlty has embraced the joy of being a playwright. He received his Ph.D. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Theatre with concentrations in Arts Management and Directing from Texas Tech University. For more information regarding Steve and his career visit: www.stevetaft.com

 

Cindy Taft has been a teacher, a paraeducator, a faith formation secretary and author of children's stories. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Central Missouri and her A.B. in Theatre from Drury University.

 

Cody Daigle - In his playwright life, he was the resident playwright for The Playhouse Tulsa’s 2013-2014 season, the company playwright for Acadiana Repertory Theatre and a company playwright for Manhattan Theatre Works. Plays for The Playhouse Tulsa: William and Judith, Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular, Little Women and The Bottom of the Sea. Plays for Acadiana Repertory Theatre: In the Bones, The Survivalists, and The Woman’s Part. Plays for Manhattan Theatre Works: Providence, A Home Across the Ocean. His work has been produced and/or developed at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, New Jersery Repertory Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre (NYC), The Growing Stage (Netcong, NJ), Gadlfy Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), StageRIGHT (Seattle, WA) and the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, NE).When he’s not in the theatre, Cody is the programming coordinator for the Charter Oak Cultural Center in downtown Hartford.

 

Austin Taft is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Waterloo, IA. His new full-length acoustic album, "The Human Condition", has been released by the independent label Triple Edge Records and joins his previous full-length electric release, "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness" and two additional releases to weave a consistent tapestry of eclectic and deeply challenging music.  Acclaimed as "one of the best musicians in the state" by Des Moines Cityview Magazine, all studio recordings are entirely self-composed, self-produced and self-performed, and his music is currently available through Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and other online retailers.

 

Aaron Listen is a free-lance conceptual artist. He is employed as an artist/illustrator for Scienticfic Games and currently resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He has designed logo's for the Old Creamery Theatre Company, several album covers for songwriter/musician Austin Taft and the logo for MAYCLIFF SHORES.

 

Jeff Allen Young completed his MFA in Theatre Performance at Western Illinois University in 2017 and was honored at the 2017 American College Theatre Festival as he was awarded the College of Fellows Jane Alexander Acting Award, as well as the Shakespeare Theatre Company Fellowship.  In the coming months, Jeff will be working with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Wooly Mammoth Theatre and others.


Prior to his recent move to Washington, D.C., His diverse acting skills at WIU has included such roles as Billy in Tribes, Gonzalo in The Tempest, Brocklehurs/Vicar in Jane Eyre and Mr. Tournel in A Flea in Her Ear. Jeff's skills were also on display at the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival in 2014-2015 in The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. In the summer of 2016 he was a guest actor at the Okoboji Summer Theatre portraying Mr. Van Daan in a very special production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

Hannah Smith (Fall 2017) is a freshman majoring at the University of Northern Iowa. She is pursuing a degree in Communications-Theatre Teaching. After graduation she hopes to be a Theatre teacher and Speech coach.

 

The following authors are former or current students at the University of Northern Iowa. All were members of a non-major Liberal Arts Core Introduction to Theatre course: Theatrical Arts and Society.

 

Kaitlin Juhl is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation she relocated to the Twin Cities in Minnesota designing outerwear and then moved to Greenville, South Carolina working as a men's designer for Southern Tide and is enjoying the warmer weather.

 

Matthew Michael is a non-traditonal student in the Technology Management online B.A. program at the University of Northern Iowa. He completed his fourth semester at UNI but graduated from a small community college in 1999. Since that time he's been involved in the electrical engineering industry holdng state electrical licenses. He works for a large utility company as a Manager of Substation Construction and Maintenance in Northern Iowa. He and his wife, Jody have been married since 2004 and they have two children, Nic (5) and Abby (8). They live in the country and raise Registered Angus cattle in their spare time.

 

Craig Miller is a freshman from Pella, Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in graphic design. 

 

Maggie English is a junior from Dubuque, Iowa majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In the fall of 2017 she'll begin the application process for graduate school programs in Speech-Language Pathology and hopes to one day work as a Speech-Language pathologist in a hospital setting.

 

Sally Gray is a senior Biology major with a Chemistry minor. She is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and is in the process of discovering what she would like to do after graduation.

 

Mallory Wohlford is a freshman at UNI pursuing a major in English Education and considering a minor in Theatre. She's from Geneva, Iowa and attended Hampton-Dumont high school. After graduation she hopes to be an English teacher and direct local theatre performances or perhaps coach a sport at the school where she is employed.

 

Spencer Pink is a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) currently pursuing a major in physical education. Orginally from Independence, Iowa he enjoys playing sports and staying active. In his high school English courses he always enjoyed pursuing creative projects which he believes has played a part in preparing him to successfully write at the college level. 

 

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