Nancy Hill Cobb
Nancy Hill Cobb is an American composer who has spent a large part of her career as a music faculty member and administrator in American universities. Currently Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, Cobb spent a varying number of years as a conductor and composer at Mercer University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Dallas Baptist University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Indiana State University. She holds the D.M.A. in composition from the University of Oklahoma, the M.M. in composition from Michigan State University and the B.M. in theory and composition from Oklahoma Baptist University. Her principal teachers were Claude Bass, H. Owen Reed, Carlisle Floyd and Michael Hennagin.
Cobb was given a Special Distinction Award for her 1998 entry into the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Rudolph Nissim Composition Contest for her choral/orchestral work Threnody. She has also been an ASCAP Standard Award winner since 1996.
Cobb’s works are performed nationally and internationally with recent performances held in Denmark, Japan, Germany, and New Zealand.
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Cavan Hallman’s writing has been performed in NYC, New Orleans, Chicago, Ireland, on screen, and on tour. His touring educational plays, which he also directed, have been performed over 20,000 times for nearly 5 million students across the United States. Cavan wrote and directed the world premiere of the musical Pictures of Marilyn at the National WWII Museum, named one of the ten best musicals of 2016 by The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
He is the Founding Artistic Director of Mirrorbox Theatre, based in Cedar Rapids, where he has directed four Iowa premieres since 2018.
Cavan is a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company in New York City. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans, for whom he has also taught writing and acting, both on campus and for their study abroad program in Ireland.
A native Iowan, Katie Hallman is the Executive Director of Theatre Cedar Rapids. Prior to her return to Iowa, Ms. Hallman lived in New Orleans where she served as Managing Director for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, New Orleans’ most historic non-profit professional playhouse. In addition to overseeing Le Petit’s 100th Anniversary Season, she regularly partnered with acclaimed organizations and artists such as the National Basketball
Association, HBO, Harry Shearer, Dr. John, and Paul Simon, bringing world-class entertainment to New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Before moving to the Gulf South, Ms. Hallman lived in New York City where she worked as Associate Producer and Director of Concert Operations for Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP). There, she oversaw the production of over 55 concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Center – Orchestra Hall, and other venues across the United States. Ms. Hallman produced the prestigious Broadway in Concert Series at Lincoln Center for MCP, presenting star-studded concert performances of Ragtime with Lea Salonga and Norm Lewis, Parade with Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti, as well as the reunion concert of Titanic, featuring Brian d’Arcy James and Michael Cerveris.
Previous work includes the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Ms. Hallman received her BA from Luther College (IA), and a Master of Arts in Music Business from New York University (NY).
Terry Trimpe has led a distinguished career as a businessman in eastern Iowa for over 45 years. Formerly a controller, a business owner, a bank owner and a farmer, Trimpe’s current business interest is the formation and management of commercial real estate owner groups. In addition to his business interests, he is well known in eastern Iowa as a supporter of the arts and of non-profit organizations. During his term on the board of the Iowa Children’s Museum, he assisted management in retiring debt and managing finances to assist the museum to become a sustainable organization. He has served on the boards of the Cedar Rapids Symphony (predecessor to Orchestra Iowa), Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer’s Association and the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. He is currently President of the First Presbyterian Church congregation and is chair of the Finance Committee.
Trimpe has also been involved in the production of two Iowa-made films, The Final Season, and 16 to Life. For the former he served as Associate Producer and for the latter as Executive Producer. Trimpe’s vast experience in business and as a supporter of the arts make him the perfect person to manage the finances of the production of The Suffragist.