The ISE is Central Iowa’s

authoritative producing Shakespeare company!


The Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) is a registered Non-profit Corporation in the State of Iowa. All contributions are fully tax deductible through our partnership with our Fiscal Agent, the enormously well-respected Metro Arts Alliance of Des Moines, Iowa, a 501 (c) 3 Corporation.


Our signature event is the annual summer “Shakeperience™ Festival” – but the ISE is much more than just a summer festival producer. Watch as we grow this website for much more information on our winter classic playwright entertainment series, our “Found Space” theatre series (we are experts in this special art form that creates some of the most memorable theatre imaginable) and our truly extraordinary youth and multi-cultural programs.


The ISE or its staff is a member or affiliate of the following professional organizations which guide standards, ethics and professional training and preparation:


  •  The Shakespeare Association of America (part of the Shakespeare World Congress)
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America
  • The International Festival and Events Association
  • The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Iowa