official PERFORMERS of 2018
We are drag king dsm
Drag King DSM (DKDSM) is a 9-year-old event where dollar bills fill the air and the Kings reign supreme on stage for a night! DKDSM is a production of talent known for its unique ability to strip the art of drag performance to it's very core and bare bones, a theatrical show of excellence.
The event brings the masses together to celebrate individuality. DKDSM has transcended gender, age, and sexual identity boundaries. Performers come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from their early 20's to one of the crowd favorites "Teddy," an 80 year old grandmother. DKDSM supports artistry and performance no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you come from.
From it's humble beginnings of a 100 person turn out to now sell out crowds, DKDSM has more than doubled in attendance year over year. It is a socially and culturally relevant event in the 515, which has brought in talent from Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Sarasota, Tulsa, Omaha and all over the state of Iowa.
photo credits: Jami Milne
Check out here for the latest information and news for DKDSM.
04.15.19 | Table sales for pride show on saturday, june 8, 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tickets can be purchased through Wooly’s box office in the East Village and/or Wooly’s website (click here for purchase). The VIP booths and tables must be purchased through this website!! Just click on “contact” enter in all the information then in the message write in your top 3 choices (i.e. VIP 1, VIP 2, Table 1) and it will be first come first serve. Once confirmed, you will be contacted and venmo the money to secure the table. NO TABLES WILL BE HELD WITHOUT PAYMENT!
VIP Booths 1-6 ($150/table): Seats 6 | Elevated views | Separation from crowd
Tables 1-7 ($100/table) **SOLD OUT: Seats 4 | Guaranteed 4 chairs on the floor | Sit and watch the show next to the main stage in prime real estate in the mix of the crowd
Tables 8-10 ($80/table): Seats 4 | Guaranteed 4 chairs on the floor | Sit and watch the show in the center of the room
Tables A-D ($120/table): Seats 6 | Guaranteed 6 chairs on the floor | Sit and watch the show with standing room for other friends (NOTE: the "x" on the map is because there is a pole going through these tables)).
03.04.19 | DKDSM Executive producer honored in 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Creator and Executive Producer Jennifer Carruthers (Jen C) was honored this year as one of the Des Moines Business Records Forty Under 40 and named Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year by the Des Moines Music Coalition for her work with Girls Rock!Des Moines and her production company, 11 Eleven.
Forty Under 40 are 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 that have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. They are chosen by past award winners and this is the 20th Anniversary, Jen C is 1 of 800 in the past 20 years to receive this honor.
02.28.19 | DKDSM @ Capital city pride
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drag King DSM is excited to be returning for another HUGE show at Capital City Pride (CCP) on Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ Wooly’s! It will be all ages so mark your calendars as last year’s show was beyond epic with us packing in almost 700 people!
Capital City Pride had the largest turnout last year on its’ 40th Anniversary with over 10k attending. This was BIG considering the prior was 5k so it doubled. This year will be no different, CCP is expecting over 20k+ in attendance with a ton of events so be sure to check out the amazing and revamped CCP website.
Tickets $10 advance | $15 door | all ages | doors 5pm | show 6pm
Our 2018 SPONSORS
Sponsorship from the following businesses is what makes Drag King DSM possible. we can't thank our community friends enough for all the love and support over the years!
| HELLO NEIGHBOR | Americana | Dapper DSM |
| Blazing Saddle | SAZERAC | EPHEMERA | Wooly's |
Creator | Founder | Executive Producer
Jen Carruthers was a part of the talk show called Lez Talk and the event Drag King DSM (DKDSM) was born in 2010. After the show disbanded in 2012, she saw the need for DKDSM to continue giving visibility to Kings and has grown it 6 times its' original size. Her dream was to make it one of the largest Drag King events in the country and it is now the largest scale all King show in the US. She will continually try to bring in some of the best talent this country has to offer and give Kings a large stage and platform that is just as much deserving as their Drag Queen counterparts. Jen C loves DKDSM because it's one night out of the year that one of the most diverse crowds show up, support one another, respect each other's individuality and there is an overwhelming sense of community and love NOT judgment.
Front of House Manager | Co-Producer
Vivette is excited to return to Drag King DSM for the 5th year. She worked as co-producer, creative consultant, and performer for Fresh Breath Productions. Ms. V has an extensive creative performing arts background and also has a 200 hour RYT that allows her the enjoyment of teaching yoga. Vivette loves the togetherness and love that Drag King DSM brings. There is always an amazing electricity in the air!
Back of House Manager | Co-Producer
Marnie is thrilled to be joining the production staff of Drag King for the 3rd year. She was seen on-stage the first year as Justin Cyder and we stole her to manage the stage production. Marnie is an active member of the Des Moines Theater community, having most recently performed in Open Door Rep's Lungs. When she's not involved with performing arts, she can be found producing videos, hosting trivia, or hanging with the world's best dog. Marnie loves Drag King DSM because it brings some of the nation's top-tier talent to Des Moines for an event unlike anything else in the area!