Starting 7/19/24, 6:30:00 pm: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Angie Toomsen

Angie is proud to be the artistic director of Theatre Cedar Rapids. Angie first fell in love with theatre at the same time she fell in love with TCR, during an 8th-grade school trip to see Romeo and Juliet, directed by then artistic director, Richard Barker. After begging her parents, she enrolled in classes at TCR and, from that point, theater became an inciting force in her life, one that drove her college studies and took her to New York City for over a decade. Angie studied theater at the University of Northern Iowa, Circle-in-the-Square in NYC, and has been fortunate to have studied/workshopped with great directors and acting teachers both in New York and in the Midwest.

Angie’s approach to theatre craft, in her own words: “To me, the process of creating theatre with others is both a mysterious adventure and a bit of a miracle. I strive for clarity, conceptual depth, articulation, visual composition, immediacy, and a timely resonance in the stories we tell. Whether I am working with professional or volunteer actors, my objective is the same: to create transformative experiences for both audiences and artists. I believe every actor – regardless of experience level – brings a universe of humanity to share, accessible through compassion and imagination. I try to maintain a ‘beginner’s mindset’ and to allow the process to root in the needs of the production, inspired by the minds and hearts in the room.”

Angie has directed for TCR: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Out of Bounds, St. Nicholas, Bright Star, Matilda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Shakespeare in Love, My Fair Lady, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Diary of Anne Frank, Grease, Billy Elliot the Musical, Next Fall, Calendar Girls, Next to Normal, Clybourne Park, A Chorus Line, For Colored Girls, and Five Woman Wearing the Same Dress. She has also represented TCR at AACTFest and won Best Director at both state and regional levels. Other directing credits include: Men on Boats (Voted “Best in the CRANDIC” 2019), Detroit, Circle Mirror Transformation, Dancing Lessons, The Taming, and the National New Play Network rolling world premiere of Relativity for Riverside Theatre; August: Osage County for both Urban Theater Project and the University of Northern Iowa; Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, and Closer for Fourth Room Theatre; Rabbit Hole with Urban Theater Project; The Price, Lombardi, and God of Carnage for Old Creamery Theatre; and Stravinsky’s A Soldiers Tale with Orchestra Iowa.

Angie is also a creative director and content/UX strategist who works with clients across the U.S.