A world premiere radio play for Summer 2020.
Directed 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 thing in the disparate economic climate of the 1890's.
The 2020-2021 Season
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...
Directed by Cati Kalinoski
The Lifespan of a Fact
Performances live online on:Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pmSaturday, October 17 at 2:30 pmSaturday, October 24 at 7:30 pm, and
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell
and Gordon Farrell
Based on the Book by
John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 pm
by Jen Silverman
Performances live online on:
Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 18 at 2:30 pm
Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm, and
Saturday, October 24 at 2:30 pm
Here is the program for the DAT Staged Reading Series!
About the DAT Staged Reading Series
These two contemporary plays are exciting new works that we think will entertain and engage you. Each is being presented as a staged reading -- in other words, the actors have been rehearsing in order to tell a clear and interesting story, but the dialogue is not memorized and the design features are minimal.
Romeo & Internet
(A Most Excellent, Farcical, and Socially Distanced Quarantine Play)
by Seth Kaltwasser
Directed by JC Clementz
About Romeo & Internet
This world premiere play is available on-demand and is FREE. Commissioned and written in the Summer of 2020 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 Artistic Producer at the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, directs this timely and hilarious zoom play.
Here is the Program for Romeo & Internet!
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
Production Graphic Designs by DMACC alumni Katie Ryan & Smail Buljubasic. DMACC Ankeny Theatre logo Graphic Designs by DMACC alumnus Lucas Thul.
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.
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
Rehearsal and Performance: Practical experience on stage and backstage. Students will be involved in all stages of production from auditions to final performance.
*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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Theatre Program at DMACC.