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Hancher and the Office of Performing Arts and Engagement

Join a remarkable team that will lead performing arts at the University of Iowa into the future and affirm our campus as a destination for the arts and creative practice. As a member of the newly formed Office of Performing Arts and Engagement with Hancher, in the role of the Programming and Engagement Director you will plan and direct a full range of performing arts presentations through Hancher Auditorium / Hancher Presents as well as education, and artist residency programs. You will serve as a key senior team member in collaboration with the Executive Director and other academic, presenting, and producing arts leaders.

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POSITIONS FOR UI STUDENTS | 2021/2022 season

Starting wage at $11/hour. The Hancher Box Office cashier staff provides friendly, knowledgeable service to customers interested in attending Hancher performances and productions presented by the Division of Performing Arts. Cashiers work a regular weekly schedule in the box office, as well as a fluctuating schedule of evening and weekend shifts that revolve around the event schedule. We prize great communication skills, experience with customer service, computers and cash handling, and view interest and knowledge of the arts as a big plus. To learn more about this opportunity, email your inquiry to

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Starting wage at $11/hour.
The Hancher Production department employs around 35–40 student stagehands to provide labor for a variety of artists that are presented throughout the year. Stagehands work to set up for performances; provide support during rehearsals, sound checks, and performances; and help to strike all equipment and restore the space afterwards. Stagehands learn how to work with various types of theatrical lighting, and video and sound equipment. The Production team will train and test all students on procedures at the beginning of employment.

Typically, work in the Hancher Production department is not regular, weekly hours. We work when there are shows. Students may not be working every week. Work shifts are often during the evening and into the late night hours on weekdays and weekends. Stagehands will need to commit to working a minimum amount of shifts each month to remain on staff.

Hancher's online application for stagehands closed in August 2021. The application will open again prior to the fall 2022 semester. Contact Hancher's stage manager, Danielle Wilbanks, for more info.


Starting wage at $11/hour. Ushers welcome theatergoers to Hancher Auditorium, scan tickets, hand out playbills, help people find their assigned seats, and provide general information and friendly assistance. We employ individuals with excellent communication skills and a ready smile, with abilities to greet patrons, to solve problems on immediate terms, and to generally make everyone’s experience at Hancher as memorable as possible.

Work times are usually evenings and weekends, fluctuate with the schedule of events, and are never overwhelming. Some months, ushers may be scheduled to work for only a few hours.

To be eligible for student employment, applicants must be currently registered for at least one semester hour at the University of Iowa.

Hancher's online application for ushers closed on January 28, 2022. The application will open again prior to the fall 2022 semester. Contact Hancher's director of patron services, Connie Tipsword, for more info.