The Repertory Theater of Iowa is a not-for-profit 501c3 professional resident ensemble theater company dedicated to producing high quality classic theatre and innovative productions that educate and inspire.

We believe that theater can challenge, inspire and nurture people and communities to be their best. We envision a theater company whose mission is:

  • To expand the theater experience of our audiences by producing time-honored classics by renowned American and world playwrights that are seldom performed in this area
  • To ensure that our artists are sufficiently compensated for their work
  • To elevate the artistic profile of Des Moines with the establishment of central Iowa's first professional theater company.


The only way the actor can be assured of continuity and development is within the structure of a permanent repertory theater. Society must be prepared to offer him this security. Lawyers have courts; doctors, hospitals. The actor’s institution is the theater.
— Joseph Papp, Founder New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater