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

Ghost Bike, image of bike, by laura Jacqmin 

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.


Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire 

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

ASL​ interpreted performance on March 7

Admission is FREE
Please email theatre@dmacc.eduto 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.

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe 

The Wolves
by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Brittany Beridon
Playing at the Black Box Theatre in Building 5
April 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm
April 14 at 2 pm
April 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 pm

ASL interpreted performance on April 19

​​Admission is FREE
Please email to reserve seats.
About The Wolves
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.


Love's Labor's Lost 

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

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... This comedy of wit will be infused with contemporary music and pop culture references in our SSS! production.​


*DMACC Ankeny Theatre & Summer Short Shakespeare logos and branding by Lucas Thul
**Marketing materials for GHOST BIKE, FUDDY MEERS, & LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST by Sammy Kay Art
***Marketing materials for THE WOLVES by Katie Ryan & Smail Buljubasic

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, DMACC’s Ankeny campus drama program is the perfect jumping off point.


DRA 101 - Introduction to Theatre
DRA 125 - *Introduction to Play Analysis
DRA 130​ - **Acting I: Foundational 
DRA 132 - Acting II: Building upon Acting I
DRA 134 - Improvisational Acting
DRA 139 - Acting for the Camera
DRA 143 - The Business of Acting
DRA 222 - Performing Shakespeare
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 161​ - 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.


An Improv Club
A creative outlet for students that provides entertainment for the campus and opportunities to improve those thinking-on-your-feet skills.
Tina Fey’s
“Rules of Improvisation,
That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat*”
1. Agree. Agreement reminds you to respect what your partner has created and start from an open-minded place.
2. Yes, and… It’s your responsibility to contribute, to add something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.
3. Make Statements. Whatever the problem, be a part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.
4. There are no Mistakes. Only opportunities.
*Improv will not reduce belly fat
Ankeny Theatre Ensemble
A.T.E. will aim to stimulate interest in theatre activities and will provide a creative outlet for DMACC students.
“Art, like life, is understood through experience, not explanations. When in doubt, when you are lost, don’t stop.”
~ Anne Bogart
A Director Prepares

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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