Des Moines Performing Arts

Our Impact

1979 year began.
259,827 number of people served in FY 2022.
315+ number of events in 2022.


Engage the Midwest in world-class entertainment, education, and cultural activities.

Key Services Provided

As a national leader in performing arts presentation, DMPA strives to engage the Midwest in world-class entertainment, education, and cultural activities. As the home of six resident performance series, DMPA imparts a significant cultural and economic impact throughout Greater Des Moines and central Iowa. Meeting the ever-changing needs of today’s learner, DMPA offers a variety of performances, workshops, and in-class opportunities for students of all ages. From dance master classes and summer theater camps to teacher professional development workshops, education initiatives are a key component of DMPA’s programs.

Key Audiences Served

Annually, DMPA reaches over 70,000 students and teachers through education initiatives and 8,500 people through 400 hours of community and audience engagement activities. Over 280,000 people attend Broadway, music, comedy, dance, and other performances at the Civic Center, Stoner Theater, Temple Theater, and Cowles Commons.

Ways to Give

DMPA donors contribute to an immediate and long-lasting impact in our community.

  • $240 provides ALS interpretation for one of DMPA’s Sensory Friendly performances
  • $360 brings 30 kids to a school matinee performance for only $1
  • $800 provides two full summer camp scholarships for children in need in our community

To learn more about how your gift will make an impact in our community and to see how we thank our donors, visit or call 515-246-2354.

Leadership Team

Jeff Chelesvig, President & CEO
Laura Sweet, Vice President & COO
Heidi Watkins, CFO
Janet Albanese, Director of Production & Building Services
Kennedy Bollmeyer, Director of Ticketing
Jonathan Brendemuehl, Director of Communications
Benjamin Luczak, Director of Development
Karoline Myers, Director of Education
Bill Pinegar, Director of Human Resources
Barb Preuss, Director of Marketing
Greg Votava, Director of Digital Experience

Board of Directors

Chair, Stacy Wanderscheid
Vice-Chair, Espnola Cartmill
Treasurer, Ardis Kelley
Secretary, Paul Hlivko
Past Chair, Christine Lauridsen Sand
Tom Ahart
LaNae Ceryanec
Frank Cownie, Mayor
Chuck Freeman
Lisa Gobber
Christine Her
Hannah Krause
Matt McCoy
Dennis Menken
Sonia Parras Konrad
Katie Patterson
Timothy Perkins
Bob Ritz
Linda Westergaard
Rich Willis 

221 Walnut Street | Des Moines, IA 50309 | (515) 246-2300 | 

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