The Iowa Shakespeare Experience is a fun-loving, Bardtastic bunch!  We love to party – especially for a great cause! 

AND truly: we have as much fun planning our terrific special events as we have in attending them!


Our volunteers enjoy terrific committee camaraderie plus the chance to make a real difference.  And we have lots of fun activities.


Join our team of volunteers which takes on special events. Here are some of the things we do:


  •  Design events and invitations
  •  Plan and create table center pieces
  •  Set up for events (ok, and also tear down!) – a fun process where your decorating instincts can take center stage!
  •  Invitation-addressing parties- with the ISE, almost everything is a party- we always have a LOT of fun at these – usually over supper, breakfast or light lunch!


Or, for all those “Hosts with the Most” out there:

The ISE cordially invites you to “Create your own party”!

This is a great way to express your leadership in the cultural community in your own special style. 

We support you as you host Bardastic events in your home, backyard, in a restaurant, or a place of business or park! 

If you host a party as a fundraiser for the ISE, you will have a great time – and the ISE will help you with all the details, from creating and mailing invitations, to helping set up the event!  


Here are a few great ideas: 


  •  “Bard in the Yard” Garden Parties 
  •  Midsummer Night’s Eve dinner or brunch
  •  “ShakeSpirits”™ Halloween event
  • Renaissance Revels or “A Winter’s Tale” Holiday event
  • Romeo and Juliet Valentine’s Social
  • Any number of other custom themes! 




Team up with us: Corporate entertainment and reward programs: Dinner and a show!


  • We offer a unique and affordable way for Corporations to have a company party, reward great employees, or provide exposure and marketing. 
  • Purchase a big main tent at the Festival in our elegant plaza, and host anything from a Cocktail Reception to a sit down dinner. 
  • After your event, your guest will be escorted to your own special VIP section for the show – and they can return to the tent during intermission for such treats as strawberries and champagne! 
  • Work with our caterer (some of the most legendary caterers in the Metro routinely work with us) or provide your own! 
  • Your company can have great signage in the main plaza, and can also arrange for special rates on program ads, exposure in mainstream media ads – even for display banners.


Team up with us: Non-profit fundraising opportunities: Dinner and a show! 

  • The ISE offers extraordinary and unique opportunities to our fellow non-profits to join us with an exciting collaboration! 
  • Host a fundraising party in our elegant upper plaza – for 25-125! 
  • From Cocktails or a Wine party to dinners, this area can hold it all!  Afterwards, your group can enjoy its own private VIP seating area for the show – and if desired, you can arrange for them to return to the tent during intermission. 
  • Your organization can have great signage in the main plaza, special rates for program ads, and even arrange for banners or exposure in Festival ads in the mainstream media. 
  • Work with our own caterer (we have top notch legendary area caterers on our Board!) and/or volunteers or provide your own.
  • Regarding the financial component, there are several great options: we can provide a straight “rental” of space to you pretty affordably - - OR, for a particularly unique yet impactful approach to non-profit fundraising, we can arrange for a collaborative appraoch, where the ISE would "split" a “share” of proceeds (even create a shared mutual “Friendraising” event) – a great way to introduce new people to both our causes as well as to share risk and maximize reward!  All details can be fully customized.  


Finally, a related way to get in with the Bard Bunch is to consider hiring us for a Private Party for Birthdays, Anniversaries, special occasions. 


  • It’s a lot of fun to have a Renaissance Wench or Man in Tights appear “quothing” anything from Sonnets to bawdy Bard! 
  • Need a particularly romantic Valentine or anniversary “card”?  We can arrange for THE most unique “singing telegram” your honoree will ever receive! 
  • See the “Hire Us” section of these webpages for more information.