Your Support Makes a Difference!

Ticket prices do not cover the costs of producing theatre. We need help from generous donors like you. 

The Playhouse mission is to be the home for artistic collaboration where any story can be told.

As we look to the future, your gifts to The Playhouse will:

  • Support live theatrical performances 
  • Offer education and programs for the next generation
  • Transform audiences of all ages

For more information about supporting The Playhouse and its programs, contact Jordan Bles, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

Director's Circle

Play a starring role at The Playhouse by helping us close the gap between our affordable ticket prices and actual program costs. Your tax-deductible contribution helps us touch thousands of lives across the state with exceptional productions, nationally-acclaimed education programs, and standard-setting outreach.

Benefactor  $5,000 and above
Complimentary rental of the lobby, John Viars Theatre, or Studio Theatre
Reserved parking space for Playhouse performances
Plus all of the benefits listed below…

Producer  $2,500+
Complimentary drink before Signature Series productions
Plus all of the benefits listed below…

Director  $1,000+
Invitations to exclusive Director’s Circle events 
Opportunity to pre-order complimentary intermission drinks for Signature Series productions
Advanced notice of The Playhouse Best of Broadway New York Theatre tours
Early registration to summer camps
Concierge service for ticket reservations and exchanges
Recognition on donor wall in Playhouse lobby

Sustainers Club

In order to do what we do best – produce amazing live theatre and award-winning classes, outreach, and workshops – we need reliable funding year-round. Your monthly gift will provide a reliable and sustaining funding stream for today and tomorrow.

Giving Monthly Levels

  • $8 monthly gift: You get us into the classroom to engage and educate students directly.
  • $15 monthly gift: You help to bring our most popular productions to life for everyone to experience.
  • $25 monthly gift: Your gift allows us to build high-quality sets, props, and costumes.
  • Gift of any amount: Find the right amount that works with your budget and still help The Playhouse produce extraordinary theatre.
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.

Donating Stocks, Securities, or Real Estate

Gifts in the form of common stocks, securities, or real estate which have appreciated in value can often provide you with attractive tax benefits. In such cases, capital gains tax on long-term holdings may be eliminated, and you may be able to claim the full market value of the gift as a tax deduction at year’s end.

Leave a Legacy Through Your Estate

By including The Playhouse in your estate plans or as a beneficiary, you make a lasting impact on community theatre in Iowa.

  • It doesn’t cost anything now.
  • You can designate assets that would otherwise be a tax burden for your family.
  • You can change the designation or amount at any time.

Including The Playhouse as a beneficiary can be as easy as completing a simple form.

  • Permanent life insurance policies you no longer need
    • Name The Des Moines Community Playhouse as a beneficiary or
    • Transfer the policy to The Playhouse for TWO potential tax benefits. Contact Jordan Bles, director of philanthropy, to talk about benefits.
  • Retirement accounts
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Certificates of Deposit

For more information about supporting the Playhouse and its programs, contact Jordan Bles, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations provide matching donation programs. These provide employees the opportunity to make a single gift to a charity of their choice with the employer also contributing to the organizations. Your single gift now has a greater impact at The Playhouse. Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program.

Capital Campaign

Tomorrow Begins Today. Learn more about our capital campaign including improvements to the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre and other spaces on the building’s lower level.

Playhouse Archives Online

More than 30 passionate volunteers have digitized our historical documents resulting in more than 119,000 pieces of data! Our dream is to have our online archive encompass our 103-year history and be publicly available as a searchable database.

Click here to support Playhouse Archives Online

Thank you to our generous partners!

For more information about show and programming sponsorship, please contact Jordan Bles, director of philanthropy, at 515.974.5370.

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

2023-24 Season projects are supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.

The Playhouse receives funding support from

Playhouse partners include