Our Story

Founded In 2001 the company has since grown from its original mission and adapted to the needs of our community. Tandem Theatre and Dance aspires to provide an experience that inspires creative expression, unites a community through shared experiences in the arts, and promote free-thinking arts creation.

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Our Approach

  • Providing an environment that supports critical thinking, and celebrates self expression
  • Activities that are both physically and creatively challenging
  • Approach the arts in a playful way to encourage a deeper connection with the arts

Meet the Team


Kathleen Hurley

Founder & Artistic Director, Hurley & Dancers

Co-Director, Tandem Theatre and Dance Company

Kathleen Hurley is the founder and Artistic Director of Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance, and was the founder and Artistic Director of The Chamber Dancers, 1996-2001. Her dance career includes performances with Yancey Dance Theatre and the Doris Humphrey Dance Ensemble in New York City, and guest appearances in Germany and Mexico. In addition, she was a member of Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, touring the east coast and Europe. Kathleen is an honors graduate of the University of Iowa where she toured to Hong Kong with the Dancers to Go Company. Her Iowa dance career also included performances with Iowa Dance Theatre and The Neuman Project. She teaches dance at Grinnell College, Central Academy and Des Moines DanzArts Studio. Her teaching resume also includes teaching for the Limon Institute in Manhattan, Perry Dance in NYC, Dance Space in NYC, Long Island University, Lind Dance School and Iowa State University workshops.

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Benjamin Rethmeier

Co-Director, Tandem Theatre and Dance Company

A Des Moines resident who brings an infectious energy to all his projects on and off stage. Benjamin leads the education and outreach efforts for Tandem and provides marketing support for both Hurley and Tandem events.

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