Starting 5/17/19, 7:30:00 pm: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Angie Toomsen

About Me…

Angie is proud to be the artistic director of Theatre Cedar Rapids, following in the footsteps of a strong tradition of leadership at TCR. Angie was brought on by Leslie Charipar in 2011 and has since at directed for TCR: 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 represented TCR at AACTFest and won Best Director at both state and regional levels. Other directing credits include: 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; Rabbit Hole with Urban Theater Project; The Price, Lombardi, and God of Carnage for Old Creamery; and Stravinsky’s A Soldiers Tale with Orchestra Iowa. 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.


To me, the process of creating theatre with others is a both a mysterious adventure and a bit of a miracle. In our world – where digital and impersonal communication has become primary – the human-to-human connection and energy theatre offers is precious and important.

As a director, I strive for clarity, conceptual depth, articulation, immediacy and a timely resonance in the stories we tell. Experientially, I encourage creativity, openness, and artistic growth. 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 work with actors from exactly where they are and encourage individual artistic ownership throughout the process. I strive to maintain a “beginner’s mindset” and to allow the process to evolve organically, rooted in the needs of the productions and inspired by the minds and hearts in the room.