Regarding the 2013-14 Season

Hancher Auditorium and most of the Arts Campus was severely damaged by the summer 2008 flood. This season we are presenting at several venues in the area and have complete information on the website regarding our alternate venues and programs.


Please call the Hancher Box Office at 319/335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER if you have additional questions.

Hancher Office Locations

The Hancher Box Office is now located on the first floor of the Old Capitol Mall next to Sweets & Treats. Our offices are now located at W317 Seashore Hall.


Access services

Hancher is committed to making its events accessible to everyone. In order to comply with individual needs, please make your arrangements with the Hancher Box Office when purchasing tickets at 319/335-1158. Designated parking spaces, hearing augmentation units, large print playbills, and assistive technologies for the visually impaired (in partnership with the UI Center for Macular Degeneration) are available at every event in the Hancher season. Seating for patrons who use wheelchairs is available on a limited basis; reservations are required. When possible, we can arrange to provide sign language interpretation and tape-recorded playbills; requests for these services must be made at least one month in advance.


For additional information about accessibility at Iowa visit the website for the UI Council on Disability Awareness.


Ticket Categories

College student tickets are for students at any college or university.
Senior tickets are available for people 65 and older.
Youth tickets are available for children 17 and younger.
Nonstudent tickets are for everyone else.


Children aged one year and older must have a ticket. Parents should use their discretion in deciding which events are appropriate for their children.



Seating Policy
To avoid disrupting the performance, latecomers will be seated during an appropriate break in the performance, at the discretion of the management.


Cameras, Tape Recorders, Pagers, Cellular Phones
In compliance with copyright laws and contractual arrangements with artists, photographs and recordings may not be made during a performance. Please check your cameras and tape recorders with the house manager or an usher. Pagers and cellular phones must be turned off or silenced.


Coughing and Electronic Watches

The auditorium's acoustics amplify the sounds of coughing and other noises. Please turn off your electronic watch alarm. The use of a handkerchief helps to muffle a cough or sneeze, and cough drops are available from the ushers. If coughing persists, you may wish to return to the lobby, where an usher can direct you to one of the soundproof observation rooms.


The University of Iowa campus is a nonsmoking area.


Perfumes, etc.
Hancher patrons are reminded that some patrons are allergic or sensitive to cologne, perfume, or after-shave lotion. In consideration of this fact, you are requested to refrain from wearing artificial scents of any kind when attending performances at Hancher. Patrons with such sensitivities who wish to be reseated should speak with Box Office personnel.



Doors to the seating area usually open 30 minutes before curtain time.


Hancher Box Office

Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5:30 pm
193 University Capitol Centre Rm A, Iowa City, IA 52242

On the first floor of the Old Capitol Mall, at the south end near the parking ramp, next to Sweets & Treats.
Telephone:  319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER
Fax:  319-353-2284
TDD and access services:  319-335-1158

Also open at each venue one hour before curtain time.


Administrative Office
Monday–Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
317 Seashore Hall West, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1401
Telephone: 319-335-1130



Gift certificates

Gift certificates can be purchased at the Hancher Box Office.

319/335-1160 or toll-free 1-800-HANCHER
Box Office Fax: 353-2284

Box Office email: (do not email credit card information)


Bring a group

Groups of 20 or more can purchase discounted tickets to most events at Hancher Auditorium. Each Hancher season offers something to capture the imagination of a wide variety of groups – school groups, senior citizen clubs, service organizations, corporate groups or just a bunch of friends looking for a great night of entertainment.


Call the box office at 319-335-1160 to reserve tickets for your group today.


Hancher Guild

Hancher Guild is a dedicated group of people who donate their most valuable resources to Hancher: their time, enthusiasm, insight, and commitment.


Hancher Guild volunteers provide vital services to Hancher, offering hospitality to visiting artists, handing out playbills at performances, selling event-related merchandise before and after performances, and acting as goodwill ambassadors for the performing arts.


No financial contribution is required to become a Hancher Guild member, nor is any specific time commitment necessary. All the Guild asks is that its members do their best to honor the time they do commit. The Guild is able to tailor responsibilities to its members' specific skills and interests. And you need not live in the lowa City area to be a Guild member.


The Guild has a number of members in other Iowa communities. In addition to participating in Guild activities, you can make a special contribution by helping the outreach and audience development in your own community.


Beyond the satisfaction of serving the arts, Hancher Guild members get a unique inside look at the performing arts. Among the new people they meet may be artists who appear on the Hancher stage. While you serve the arts, you find your own appreciation of the performances—and the business of putting them on the stage—enriched.


Joining the Guild is easy. Click and open the membership form below, fill in your membership form by hand or on your computer, and send it to Hancher as indicated on the form. Or, Hancher will gladly mail a form to you; please call 319-335-1130 or email


Thank you for your interest in helping Hancher, your community, and the performing arts!


Guild Membership Form [MS Word Document]

Guild Membership Form [PDF]


The Hancher Showcase is selling UI jewelry to support educational programs at Hancher. See the jewelry and information on purchasing them here.



Now online: Spotlight—The Guild newsletter

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January 2013 Spotlight [pdf]

May 2012 Spotlight [pdf]

June 2011 Spotlight [pdf]

November 2010 Spotlight [pdf]

May 2010 Spotlight [pdf]

November 2009 Spotlight [pdf]

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