Ankeny Campus Theatre

​​​​Ankeny Campus Theatre

The opportunities for the student body and community to learn about and participate in theatre are growing. This is the place to find out what is going on at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus and how you can get involved.

​​What’s Playing

​The 2017-2018 Season

​​You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" created by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesnar
Rated G
Directed by Carl Lindberg
Music Direction by Jim Loos
Playing at The Black Box Theatre
October 13-14 at 7:30 pm
October 15 at 2 pm
October 19-21 at 7:30 pm
Admission is FREE
Reservations are highly recommended - please email to reserve seats.

About You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown:
In this original version of the family friendly musical comedy from 1967, Charles M. Schulz's characters are brought to life in a fresh new staging of the classic play.




by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Carl Lindberg
Playing at The Black Box Theatre
March 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10 at 7:30 pm
Admission is FREE
Rated R for Language"
Please email to reserve seats.

About Mauritius:
The accomplished TV and theatrical writer, Theresa Rebeck, gives us a well-made comedic drama with an engrossing plot. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that thrust them into the seedy world of high-stakes collectors willing to do anything to claim a rare find. Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think...

Comedy or Errors 

Summer Short Shakespeare '18 - Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Carl Lindberg
June 23 at 10 am & 7 pm
June 24 at 6 pm
June 29 at 7 pm
June 30 at 10 am & 7 pm
The Courtyard between Buildings 2, 5, & 6
Admission is FREE
Rated PG-13

About Summer Short Shakespeare:

Every summer we will look to perform one of Shakespeare's plays in a non-traditional theatre space in 75 minutes or less.

Bring your own blanket or chairs and a picnic snack - no reservations required.​

About Comedy of Errors:

Shakespeare's classic farce about two sets of twins separated at birth happening upon the same city gets a Summer Short Shakespeare update. Each set of twins will be played by one actor to add to the farce and chaos of this delightful play.


*Graphic designs by DMACC graduate, Lucas Thul

Theater Spaces

Black Box Theater
Black box theater


The Black Box Theatre (added in 2016) is a flexible space that can be configured for many types of staging styles. When used in conjunction with a theatrical stage there is flexible seating for up to 200. The Black Box is located within Building 5 near the center of campus and can be accessed from Lots M, K and L.

Building 6 auditorium
Building 6 auditorium


The original Auditorium is a proscenium stage with a classic feel and seating for 347. It is located on the East end of Building 6 nearest Lot K.

For more information about our performance spaces please email


Faculty and Staff

Program Chair Carl Lindberg began teaching and producing theatre at the Ankeny campus at the beginning of the Spring semester, 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting from CSU Stanislaus and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Western Illinois University. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, designer, and technician for theatre companies across the country. Prior to moving to the Des Moines metro area he spent seven years in Chicago working on major regional stages (Looking glass, Remy Bumppo, etc), on camera (short films, national and regional commercials) and in the classroom (College of DuPage, Chicago Academy for the Arts). For questions about drama courses, Carl can be reached at


Current Courses

Whether you are fulfilling general education credits with fun and engaging coursework or interested in becoming a professional in the field of theatre or film, DMACC’s Ankeny campus drama program is the perfect jumping off point.

Introduction to Theatre: A survey of the elements and techniques of theatre with emphasis on acting, directing and playwriting. Attendance at dramatic production encouraged.

Acting I: Training of the body, voice and mind as acting instruments. Course includes acting exercises, scene analysis and performance.

Rehearsal and Performance: Practical experience in acting, directing and stage design. Students will be involved in all stages of production from auditions to final performance.
Practicum I
Practicum II
Practicum III


Get Involved

It takes a village… to realize a play on the page and make it a production on the stage! There are countless ways you can help theatre thrive on the Ankeny campus:


Do you have skills in marketing, development, painting, construction, textiles, music, lighting, or more? Do you want work front of house at a production? If you want to be a part of the theatre community in Ankeny, we want to work with you! Email for more information about how you can volunteer.


Auditions​ will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 7 pm and Wednesday, April 18 at 2 pm in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5. Please come prepared to perform cold readings of scenes and/or monologues from the play. Rehearsals will begin May 22.

​​General Inquiries

Interested in donating in ways not specified here? Have further questions? We’re happy to help! Email to begin the conversation.