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Jane Cox
ISU Theatre
2226 Pearson
Ames, Iowa 50011-2204

FAX: 515-294-2652

Jane Cox

Jane Cox did her undergraduate work at Iowa State University and has now been on the ISU faculty for over twenty years. She is a full Professor and stage director for Iowa State University Theatre. She has been involved with over two hundred-fifty productions as an actress, designer, or director. Her one woman shows have been performed in over twenty states as well as the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian.

The first one woman show she performed was The Belle of Amherst which toured Iowa through a grant from the Fisher Foundation. It was also performed in other states and Russia. She wrote The Yellow Rose of Suffrage through funding from a grant from the Liberal Arts and Sciences College at Iowa State. It concerns the life and words of one of Iowa's women, Carrie Chapman Catt.

Jane has also written Fields of Endless Days which starred Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; A Woman's Place, concerning the life of suffragist Lucy Stone; and scripts for musical plays on the lives of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms and Nadia Boulanger. Jane's latest one woman plays are The Promised Land about homesteading in the late 1800's and The Longing to Understand, the story of Barbara McClintock, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Her latest project is Heroes Among Us, a book dealing with the lives of Iowa men and women in World War II. The script from these interviews opened December 7, 2001 at Fisher Theatre.

Jane also teaches a wide variety of theatre classes to university students, children, and seniors. Jane has been awarded The Faculty Citation, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Artistic Creativity Award, and a Commendation from Governor Terry E. Branstad.


  • Theatre 106 - Introduction to the Performing Arts
    2008 Fall Semester
    Syllabus (PDF)
  • Theatre 358 - Oral Interpretation
    2008 Fall Semester
    Section A
    Syllabus (PDF)
  • Theatre 358 - Oral Interpretation
    2008 Fall Semester
    Section B
    Syllabus (PDF)


  • The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
    2/09 - Director
  • A Christmas Carol
    12/08 - Director
  • Love and Honor
    2/08 - Director
  • Quilters
    11/07 - Director
  • Arcadia
    3/07 - Director
  • Our Town
    10/06 - Director
  • The Rivals
    3/06 - Director
  • A Christmas Carol
    12/05 - Director
  • Diary of Anne Frank
    3/05 - Director
  • Bleacher Bums
    10/04 - Director
  • The Promised Land
    5/04 - Sarah
  • Little Women
    3/04 - Director
  • Ruddigore or The Witch's Curse
    11/03 - Director
  • I Never Sang For My Father
    5/03 - Director
  • The Matchmaker
    3/02 - Director
  • Crimes of the Heart
    10/01 - Director
  • The Longing to Understand
    9/01 - Costume Designer
  • Noises Off
    2/01 - Director
  • I've Got Something to Say Too
    10/00 - Director
  • Mass Appeal
    8/00 - Director
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    2/00 - Director
  • I've Got Something to Say
    10/99 - Director
  • A Little Night Music
    11/98 - Director
  • Prelude to a Kiss
    2/95 - Director
  • The Yellow Rose of Suffrage
    9/93 - Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Dear Iowa
    8/93 - Director
  • The Miracle Worker
    10/92 - Director
  • Clarence Darrow
    1/92 - Director/Costume Designer
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    10/91 - Director
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot
    5/91 - Costume Designer
  • The Bell of Amherst
    9/90 - Costume Designer

Jane Cox

2226 Pearson Hall