Ankeny Campus Theatre

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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 2018-2019 Season

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Ghost Bike

by Laura Jacqmin​
a co-production with Grand View University

Directed by Carl Lindberg and Kristin Larson

October 25-27 at 7:30 pm
October 28 at 2 pm
at the Viking Theatre at Grand View University

October 31-November 3 at 7:30 pm
November 4 at 2 pm
at the Black Box Theatre on the DMACC Ankeny campus

Admission is Free at DMACC. Grand View Students, Faculty, & Staff have free admission at
Grand View - General Admission is $5.
Rated PG-13
Reservations can be made at DMACC by emailing

About Ghost Bike

Ora and Eddie have seen the entire city together on their bikes, so what lengths will Ora go to find Eddie after he has been hit by a car and dies. This contemporary, theatrical play (with bicycles, roller blades, and more on stage) takes the audience on a journey through adventure and grief with Greek, Norse, and Asian mythological flavors in this Iowa premier.


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Fuddy Meers
by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Carl Lindberg

Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5

March 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm
March 3 at 2 pm
March 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm

Admission is FREE
Please email to reserve seats.

About Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Claire is whisked away from her chipper husband by a limping, lisping, half-deaf man to the home of her mother, whose speech has been reduced to gibberish by a stroke. Along the way they deal with a dimwitted thug and his foul-mouthed puppet, her perpetually stoned son, and a claustrophobic lady cop. Every twist and turn in this zany, funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing the truth.


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Summer Short Shakespeare '19 - Love's Labor's Lost
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Carl Lindberg

Playing inside the Ankeny Campus Library in Building 6

June 22 at 2 & 7:30 pm
June 23 at 2 pm
June 28 at 7:30 pm
June 29 at 2 & 7:30 pm

Admission is FREE

Rated PG-13​

​About Summer Short Shakespeare

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


About Love's Labor's Lost

King Ferdinand and some of his gentlemen followers have decided to dedicate three years to study. To prove their devotion to learning they agree to fast, sleep little, and see no women. But the beautiful Princess of France and her friends have just arrived... How long will the  This comedy of wit in our SSS! production will be infused with contemporary music and pop culture references.


*Production graphic designs by Sammy Kay Art​

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

Carl Lindberg 
​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:


Ghost Bike auditions will be held September 4 and 5 at 7 pm. On Tuesday, September 4 they will be in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the DMACC Ankeny campus. On Wednesday, September 5 they will be held in the Viking Theatre at Grand View University. Auditions will consist of readings from the play. Everyone is encouraged to audition.

Fuddy Meers auditions will be held in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on January 15 at 7 pm and January 16 at 2:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the play. Everyone is encouraged to audition.

Love's Labor's Lost auditions will be scheduled sometime in April. Please check back for dates and times.​


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.

​​General Inquiries

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