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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 three private events* through the current 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 Center for Advancement 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 this season, we have three events planned for our Prelude members:

  • Friday, October 4: A backstage after-party following the Broadway musical RENT 
  • Tuesday, March 10: A backstage after-party following the performance by the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • TBD: A special experience to be announced at a later date
  • Additionally, for Broadway performances with multiple nights, the Prelude Advisory Board encourages you to choose the Friday night performance. This will allow for informal gatherings of members who attend those performances.

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. 

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


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

Advisory Board

  • Taylor Blazek

  • Kenny Borchard

  • Nike Fleming

  • Matt Getz

  • Jessica Tucker Glick

  • Anne Matthes

  • Charlie Nusser

  • Sarah Russett

  • Elliott Sohn

  • Matt Steele

  • Mauro Villanueva

  • Brett Watson

  • Bryan Watson

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

** The Aspiring Circle levels recognize gifts made by patrons age 35 and younger.

For More Information: 

Devin van Holsteijn
Associate Director of Development
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
(319) 467-3658