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

​​​​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
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell
and Gordon Farrell
Based on the Book by
John D'Agata and Jim Fingal

Performances live online on:
Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 pm, and

Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 pm​


The Moors
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​


Performances are FREE!​

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.​​​


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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 Cas​​ting 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!​​​



2020 Bingo

a Devised Play under the Direction of Jodi Jinks​

by DMACC Students Kaylynn Bousman, Faruk Garibovic, Adam Horton, Jessica Katzung, JaKharri McKinney & Lo Stone and DMACC Staff Jodi Jinks, Krister Strandskov & Rachel Trimble​​

Performed live at the Black Box Theatre on DMACC's Ankeny Campus in BLDG 5 with the following safety precautions:​

  • ​Max of 5 Audience Members to ensure extensive social distancing - Reservations Required!​ ​Email​ to request a seat.

  • A shorter show - 45-Minutes or less​

  • Masks Required (The actors wear them too!)​

  • Temperature checks at the door​

  • Contactless programs

FREE performances, live at the Black Box Theatre on:

Friday 2/26 @ 7 & 8:30 pm

Saturday 2/27 @ 12:30, 2, 7 & 8:30 pm

Sunday 2/28 @ 12:30, 2 & 7 pm

Thursday 3/4 @ 7 & 8:30 pm

Friday 3/5 @ 7 & 8:30 pm

Saturday 3/6 @ 12:30, 2, 7 & 8:30 pm

Sunday 3/7 @ 12:30 & 2 pm​

Reservations are required. Email to request a seat.​

Here is the program from 2020 Bingo!

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.​​​

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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