Our audience is a valuable part of every performance. Here are some tips that will make your visit to Stephens Auditorium even more enjoyable.

In Case of an Emergency

Doctors, parents or guests expecting phone calls are advised to leave their seat location (located on ticket) with the appropriate parties and with the Guest Services Desk, which is located in the main floor lobby. The emergency telephone number during performances is 515-294-2313.

Finding Your Seat / Late Seating

Arriving “fashionably late” to the theater is never appropriate. Being distracted by a latecomer is frustrating for many actors and audience members. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Late seating is subject to the discretion of the staff and according to the artist’s contract.


Young people are always welcome at Stephens Auditorium events. However, some performances require an adult attention span and a quiet auditorium. Please be considerate of both your young ones and other guests by excusing yourself with your child if they become disruptive during a performance. Consider calling Stephens Auditorium for specific information about shows suited to children or appropriate seating locations so you can both enjoy the performance. And remember, all children require a ticket.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Audio or visual recording devices and all photography are prohibited during performances. Please turn off all cell phones, beepers, video games and other electronic devices prior to the performance. All electronic devices are to be disabled during the performance.

Guests With Disabilities

Seating for guests with disabilities is available for all performances. Contact the Ticket Office at 515-294-2479 or learn more about disability accommodations.


Presence at this performance will constitute your consent and agreement to be photographed and/or recorded in connection with the advertisement and promotion of the Performing Arts Series and Stephens Auditorium, in any and all media now and known hereinafter devised, in perpetuity.


An ATM is located on the ground floor.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items may be reported and claimed at the Guest Services Desk. Following an event, please call 515-294-3348 to inquire about any lost items.  Lost and found items are kept for 30 days.


Free parking is available in the lots south and east of Stephens Auditorium. Lots A-1 and B-3 are reserved for Donors who contribute $300 or more. Lots are reserved up to 15 minutes prior to show-time and are subject to availability. Parking for mobility-impaired guests is available in Lot F located west of Stephens Auditorium.

Coat Check

Coat check is available at Stephens Auditorium free of charge on the ground floor lobby, just west of the Celebrity Café. The Iowa State Center is not responsible for loss of personal property.

Medical Assistance

If you have a medical need, please notify an usher. Medical services are provided by Mary Greeley Medical Center.


Cancellations due to bad weather are typically not decided until hours before curtain time and will be announced by the media whenever possible. Guests may call the Ticket Office at 515-294-2479 or the Administration Office at 515-294-2479 for specific performance information.

Ticket Exchange

Ticket exchange is an exclusive benefit available only to Performing Arts Series Subscribers and only available for Performing Arts Series events. Learn more about becoming a subscriber.


Food and drink is generally allowed in the auditorium with the exception of symphonic performances.


Elevators are located in the lobbies of all floors on the north side of Stephens Auditorium.


Smoking is not allowed in Stephens Auditorium. As part of the Iowa State University Campus, all Iowa State Center buildings are entirely smoke-free.