Players Workshop of Burlington is pleased to announce that it has received an Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.     

                On Dec. 2, 2020, Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated $7 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs for the purpose of providing economic relief to Iowa’s arts and culture industry.  The funding is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, on behalf of the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs, through the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund.   

                Players Workshop, Burlington’s local community theater, which is organized and run solely by volunteers, has been closed and unable to produce live theater for close to a year due to Covid-19; they will use the $9200 grant to help replace their lost revenue, enabling them to maintain their venue until such time as the theater can safely reopen and resume live performances.   

                According to the state, Players Workshop’s grant application was “among 555 requests, totaling more than $37 million, received from Iowa nonprofits, businesses, and artists,” so the theater feels very fortunate to have been chosen.  The amount awarded to Players Workshop equals about 15% of the organization’s annual expenses and was the maximum amount that could be awarded.    

                What Pres. Mary Fox called a “team effort” was spearheaded by fundraising committee chair Kent Lewis, who did the paperwork and worked with other committee members, officers, board members, and general members to put together the application, and determined the number of  

volunteer hours that go into running Players Workshop in an average year.  According to Lewis, after all responses had been tabulated, the number of volunteer hours per year was almost 18,000.   

                Lewis stated, “We are very grateful for the receipt of this grant. It should enable our theater to hopefully weather this pandemic and be able to reopen when the virus is contained.”  

                Support for the grant was provided by Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.  

                Players Workshop is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.  For more information on Players Workshop, log on to the Players Workshop Facebook page or the PW website at  



                While the Players Workshop of Burlington remains closed to live performances during the Covid-19 pandemic, they will continue to entertain online with short presentations on Facebook and YouTube.  

               Following December’s “Countdown to Christmas” and January’s “Old Folks” videos, Players Workshop will continue during February, with “Love at Center Stage,” a salute to Valentine’s Day.  The short online presentations will “drop” every few days, and will feature a variety of entertainment styles.  

                Christa Perry will have her wonder story of how she and her husband meant (Bingo, it's Bud & Bunny).  JoJo Munkee will be reciting Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116,” while Kara Ewinger will present the Bard’s “Sonnet 150.”  Jayne Gobble recites of poem she wrote "Enough".  Scott Teater will perform a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”  "Be happy, try love" is a story from Keria.  Joe Harmon and his daughter will perform “Eidelweiss,” and there will a variety love songs by performers such as Chris Jackson, Steve Poling, and Jim Beres.  Pat Curtis presents "One true love".  Look also for stories and poems about love.  Directors for “Love at Center Stage” are Libba Flores and Kent Lewis.  

               All of these videos may be viewed on the Players Workshop Facebook Page (which has a link to the PW YouTube Channel), or by going straight to the Players Workshop YouTube Channel itself, where past videos may also be viewed. Links to donate funds are posted below the videos on both formats, should the viewer wish to do so.  

               Theater lovers are urged to check out these PW offerings, which will continue into 2021, until the workshop can once again open its doors to live theater.  

For more information and to learn of upcoming events, log on to the Players Workshop Facebook page or the PW website at  Players Workshop is a 501(c)3  




                All activities and previously scheduled workshops are suspended until further notice.  Players Workshop regrets any inconvenience incurred by this situation and thanks all those who patronize and support the community theater.  We hope to be open again soon.

               For more information go to the Players Workshop Facebook page, or call the workshop at 753-6623; if you have a specific question, call the Players Workshop President at 319-750-6046. 

                Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization.


Our second garage sale was a great success.  Thank you so much to everyone that donated items for us to sell and also to those who came and bought things. Your generosity warms our collective hearts. We can't thank you enough for your support in getting us through until we can entertain you again.

We are planning another garage sale in the spring.  Watch for details.

Thank you,
Libba & Mary

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