First-Timer's Guide


​What’s different about Iowa Stage Theatre Company?

ISTC is the only theater producer in central Iowa with a Resident Artist Company, a group of artists who are committed to our work of transforming Iowa’s arts, artists and community. This talented group partners with other artists in the community to offer a diversity of theater you won’t find anywhere else in town.

What is Scriptease?

Scriptease is ISTC’s play reading series, which takes place in conjunction with our mainstage shows. Learn more here.

When are the plays?

Our plays run from September to June. See the full season and performance schedule here.

Why is Shakespeare separate in the season ticket packages?

Shakespeare on the Lawn is presented by Salisbury House and Gardens, and is therefore distinct from our shows at the Stoner Theater. We are proud to have partnered with Salisbury House on this summer tradition for years. Learn about this year's Shakespeare production here.


Our Venue

The Stoner Theatre

The Stoner Theater is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Des Moines at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Walnut Street, connected to the Civic Center.


There is a refreshments bar available offering sweet treats, beer, wine, soda, and water. Credit cards and cash accepted.

Dress Code

Come as you are! Shirt and shoes required. All are welcome.

Getting To Your Seat

The Stoner Theater offers open seating. Please enter through the Ticket Office doors on Walnut Street. You will need your ticket scanned before entry, please have it with you or on your mobile device.



Fourth & Grand Parking Ramp

You may enter this parking garage from Grand Avenue, just East of Fourth Street. Or you may enter the garage from Fourth Street just north of Locust Street.

Free Parking Options

There is limited, free parking on the downtown bridges East of the Civic Center.

Third & Court Parking Ramp

You may enter this garage directly from Third Street, just south of Walnut. This ramp is connected to the Civic Center by Skywalk.

Metered Street Parking

Metered parking surrounds the area, but may include time limits.


Restaurant Partner

Court Avenue Brewing Co.

Court Avenue Brewing is a hospitality partner of Iowa Stage Theatre Company. Take your ticket or your playbill to CABCo and they will donate 10% of your bill to ISTC! Check them out at


Operational support provided in part by Bravo Greater Des Moines.