DMACC Ankeny Theatre at The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts

Ankeny Theatre 


The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC

​​What’s Playing

Willy Beau Dilly by Jayme McGhan

A world premiere radio play for Summer 2020.​​​

Dire​cted by Carl Lindberg​

Willy Beau Dilly will be released in four parts as an audio only experience. Like a podcast serial. McGhan's charming characters and intricately woven plot address class, culture, and love with a humorous touch. You won't regret journeying with the play's unlikely hero as he simply tries to do the right thin​g in the disparate economic climate of the 1890's.

The 2020-2021 Season

A complete announcement for each production will be available soon! Audition info is in the blue bar on this page!

All productions will be conducted with health and safety considerations at the forefront of our preparation, planning, and performances. Whether rehearsed and performed fully online or with masks and social distancing.

Here's what's in store...

The DAT Staged Reading Series

In October 2020 we will present a set of play readings online in Rep. Play titles are To Be Announced. Directed by Cati Kalinoski.

Romeo and Internet

(A Most Excellent, Farcical, and Socially Distanced Quarantine Play)

by Seth Kaltwasser and Carl Lindberg
Directed by JC Clementz

In mid-November Romeo and Internet will be available on demand online. The play was commissioned and written this year as a comedic take on what rehearsals for a production of Romeo and Juliet might look like on Zoom with a group of students (and one professor) who can't help but try to find out what it means to be connected when unexpectedly forced to be apart. JC Clementz, the Casting Director and Artsitic Producer at the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago directs this timely and hilarious zoom play.

Masked @ 6'

A Devised Play for 5 Actors and 5 Audience Members

Created by DMACC Ankeny Theatre Students, Faculty, & Staff
Under the Direction of Jodi Jinks

In March of 2021 we will present an original play with creative parameters that allow for a safe and live play experience.

TBA Outdoor Production

In late April we hope to perform an entertaining piece live in a safe outdoor setting.


In Summer of 2021 we plan to return to producing Shakespeare with one of our signature contemporary updates.


DMACC Ankeny Theatre is not proactively offering content ratings of shows as sensitivities vary amongst individuals and between families. For more information about any of our productions, please write to

Performance Venue​​

Black Box Theater
Black Box Theatre


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.

Program Information

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 while minimizing student loan debt, DMACC’s Ankeny campus drama program is the perfect jumping off point.​


Theatre Transfer Major

Interested ​in starting your Theatre education at DMACC then transferring? Check out our transfer major.


DRA 101 - Introduction to Theatre
DRA 125 - *Introduction to Play Analysis
DRA 130​ - **Acting I 
DRA 132 - Acting II
DRA 134 - Improvisational Acting
DRA 139 - Acting for the Camera
DRA 143 - The Business of Acting
DRA 148 - Voice & Movement
DRA 162 - Technical Theatre
DRA 201 - Fundamental Arts Management
DRA 222 - Performing Shakespeare
DRA 223 - Performing Musical Theatre
DRA 250 - Directing
DRA 252 - Playwriting
Rehearsal and Performance: Practical experience on stage and backstage. Students will be involved in all stages of production from auditions to final performance.
DRA 180​ - Theatre Lab I
DRA 181 - Theatre Lab II
DRA 280 - Theatre Lab III
DRA 281 - Theatre Lab IV
*DRA 125, Introduction to Play Analysis, is a prerequisite for DRA 250, Directing, and a prerequisite or corequisite for DRA 252, Playwriting.
**DRA 130, Acting I, is a prerequisite for DRA 132 - Acting II, DRA 143 - The Business of Acting, and DRA 222 - Performing Shakespeare.

For questions about the DMACC Ankeny Theatre program please email Program Chair, Carl Lindberg at​.

Theatre Program ​Mission Statement

To provide quality, free, professionally-oriented educational theatre that is relevant and transcendent in order to empower the campus community in their pursuit of life’s opportunities.
DMACC Ankeny Theatre will improve the quality of life for individuals in its communities by meeting their cultural, artistically educational, and theatre training needs throughout their lives.
  • Excellence
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

Please email for more information about the Theatre Program at DMACC.

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