Carl 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 (Lookingglass, Remy Bumppo, etc), on camera (short films, national and regional commercials) and in the classroom (College of DuPage, Chicago Academy for the Arts). Carl is proud to serve as a board member for Pyramid Theatre Company, a respondent for the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards, and an All State critic for the Iowa High School Speech Association. For information about the Theatre Program, Carl can be reached at
Rachel Trimble joined DMACC in the Spring of 2019 after graduating from Grand View University with a degree in Studio Arts, and a minor in Theatre Arts. Rachel has many previous design credits for Grand View productions and has also received a National Honorable Mention for her Scenic Design of Grand View's student-directed production of 'Night Mother at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. While working at DMACC Ankeny Theatre as the production manager, Rachel has also worked with a number of local Des Moines theatre companies, as well as being an independent fine artist. www.rachel-leah.com
Resident Technical Director
Krister Strandskov joined DMACC during the Spring of 2019. Krister has worked with the Grand View University Theater Arts Department, Whippoorwill Theater, Stage West, Goldfinch Theater Company, and Iowa Stage Theater Company for the last six years in a variety of roles including acting, singing, Foley artist, lead carpenter, lighting assistant, sound assistant, and production photographer. Prior moving to Des Moines in 2013, Krister worked on and off with Temple City Unified School District in Temple City, CA, and their productions for 15 years.
JC is the Casting Director and an Artistic Producer at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Highlights include the Steppenwolf world premieres of Linda Vista (also Broadway and Los Angeles) and The Minutes (also Broadway) both by Tracy Letts, Downstate by Bruce Norris (also National Theatre, UK), and Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over, which was filmed at Steppenwolf by Spike Lee. He previously was the Casting Director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. JC holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University and frequently directs productions across the country. He is a proud member of SDC and CSA.
Adjunct Faculty & Project Coordinator for ArtsAloud
Jodi’s professional history includes acting on Broadway in Blood Brothers, the National tour of Titanic, countless regional theatre productions, and her life-changing (and art-changing) experience as a Rude Mechanical Theatre Collective company member in Austin, TX. During her tenure as a Theatre professor Jodi dedicated her research to the creation of a devised theatre program called ArtsAloud, now partnered with DMACC, which currently offers programming at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. In addition, Jodi teaches Theatre coursework at DMACC Ankeny, and Introduction to Theatre at ICIW, commonly known as Mitchellville prison, and the Newton Correctional Facility. Jodi's local directing credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Magnificent Adventures of Edward Tulane at the Des Moines Playhouse, Gruesome Playground Injuries and A Doll’s House, Pt. 2 at Iowa Stage, as well as numerous college/university productions in the Midwest.
Sarah Kate Bode
Sarah Kate joined the DMACC community in the fall of 2021. Before returning to Iowa, she worked professionally as a stage manager and theatre artist in the Washington, DC area. She worked on a variety of productions including shows with Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Constellation Theatre Company, Happenstance Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Synetic Theatre, and many more. She has an AA in Theatre from Iowa Central Community College, BFA in Theatre from University of Iowa, and her MA in Art and Theatre Education from Catholic University of America.