The Des Moines Playhouse: Enriching our community one person at a time

Ticket prices cover less than 65% of the cost of producing our shows. The rest of our support comes from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and patrons, audience members, and volunteers like you

We understand you have a wide range of interests, so we offer several opportunities to share your appreciation for the Playhouse and our programming.

Century Club

In our first century, we changed lives, one at a time. For our next century, we’re building a legacy, and we need your help. With a goal of 10,000 gifts of $100 each, we’re creating a $1 million endowment for a sustainable future. Century Club members who give $100 or more will receive a special Century Club lapel pin to show their support at Playhouse shows and events.

Individual Giving

Your tax-deductible contribution helps touch thousands of lives across the state with exceptional productions, nationally-acclaimed education programs, and standard-setting outreach. A variety of levels give you a range of recognition and benefits, including ticket pre-sales, early class registration, free intermission drinks, and more.

Corporate Partners

Our corporate partners play a vital role producing theatrical and educational experiences at the Playhouse. Whether it’s royalties, set construction,  costuming, or special projects, corporate support helps offset the initial costs of production. In return, our corporate partners are offered a variety of benefits and marketing exposure. Show and event sponsorship is available.

Estate Plans

You can include the Playhouse in your estate plans. From simple beneficiary designations to complex assets, your gift makes a tremendous impact in the future without affecting your current financial situation. By completing a simple and confidential donor intent form, the Playhouse will be able to honor your wishes when the gift is received. Please contact Chris Andersen (515.974.5370) to discuss any questions you have.  

Community Giving

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Special Events

The Playhouse hosts a variety of special events throughout the year to raise funds for our programming and engage the community in fun, interactive evenings. 

  • Platinum Pitch Pipe Contest – May 7, 2020

Best Seat in the House

What do you give the person who has everything? Our answer is, “a seat in the Playhouse for all to see.” Each seat purchased through our Best Seat in the House campaign will be recognized with your words on a plaque on the arm rest of the chair. There are many options for those lasting words, so unleash your imagination. Everyone who enjoys a production in the Mainstage will recognize, and appreciate, your commitment to the Playhouse.

Every gift to the Playhouse supports:

  • More than 200 live performances each year
  • Theatre education for 1,000 disadvantaged students through Spotlight: Literacy
  • 1,800 youth in theatre classes, workshops and summer camps.
  • 4,000 tickets for youth who can’t afford to attend productions
  • 750 volunteers to develop and showcase their talents.

Your gift makes it possible for the Playhouse to be more than a theatre to more than 55,000 people each year. 

For more information about supporting the Playhouse and its programs, contact Chris Andersen, Director of Philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.