Leslie Odom Jr. meets with fans at Hancher in 2017

Acrobats from Circus Oz speak with young fans at a Hancher donor event

Pre-show Happy Hour in the Hancher lobby

Who We Are:

Do you want to meet others who share your passion for the performing arts? Do you want to make an impact on the future of the performing arts at the University of Iowa? Join Hancher Prelude as a founding member!

Prelude is a social group dedicated to fostering the next generation of Hancher supporters.  Your individual gift of $125 is your key to at least four private events* through the 2017-18 Hancher season, including pre-show happy hours, family-friendly events as well as backstage access to casts and performers.  If you are an Aspiring Hancher Circle donor already, you're automatically a member! Otherwise your contribution to Hancher's Prelude Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation will also provide for additional programming in the future and is your first taste of what it's like to be a Hancher supporter.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, we have one more event planned for our fellow Prelude members:

  • A family-friendly event on the evening of Thursday, April 19, with Circa performers

How it works: 

Gifts made to the Hancher Prelude Fund during the current giving year (July 1 through June 30) will qualify contributors for membership throughout the following Hancher performance season. Because this is our founding year, we want to make it extra special and give you membership during the founding season and then next season as described above!

To join as a founding member, click here to give your $125 per person gift to the Prelude Fund.


Questions? Ask any of us or Devin van Holsteijn, Assistant Director of Development for Hancher at the Center for Advancement. His email address is devin.vanholsteijn@foriowa.org and his phone number is (319) 467-3658.

Founding members: 

  • Elena and Henry Archuleta

  • Taylor Blazek

  • Jessica Tucker Glick

  • Anne Matthes

  • Charlie Nusser

  • Sarah Russett

  • Elliott Sohn

  • Matt Steele

  • Simeon Talley

  • Doug and Vance Van Daele

  • Brett and Bryan Watson

* Events are subject to change. To join Prelude, each adult member of a household must make a $125 gift annually.

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