DMACC Ankeny Theatre at The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts

Ankeny Theatre 

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The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC
 

​​What’s Playing

THE 2021-2022 SEASON

The Turn of the Screw Play
The Turn of the Screw

Adapted by Jeffery Hatcher
from the story by Henry James
Presented as a Live Radio Play

Directed by Carmen McDermott

Performances are live, in person
In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:
Friday, October 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 10 at 2 pm
Friday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 17 at 2 pm

Performances are FREE
Questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

About The Turn of the Screw:
A tale of suspense and horror, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely house to care for two children. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the valet, Peter Quint, who was himself found dead soon after, under mysterious circumstances. Now the new governess has begun to see the ghosts of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop them before it is too late. But are the ghosts real, or a product of her own imagination? A perfect October offering!

Click here to see the program for The Turn of the Screw


Tiny Houses
by Chelsea Marcantel

Directed by Sarah Kate Bode

Performances are live, in person
In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:
Friday, November 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 14 at 2 pm
Friday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 21 at 2 pm

Performances are FREE
Questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

About Tiny Houses:
Bohdi is a life coach. Jevne is a YouTube artist. Ollie sells haunted dolls online. Cath just left her job to move to Oregon with her new boyfriend. And they are all building a house together in the backyard. As the dwelling comes together on stage, tensions swell, discoveries are made, and long-buried feelings rise to the surface. In a world where bigger is always better, can tiny really equal happy? Or is this a recipe for disaster? A comedy about finding out who we are when the world shrinks.


Is He Dead?
Adapted by David Ives
from the play by Mark Twain

Performances are live, in person
In the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm
Thursday April 7 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm

Performances are FREE
Questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

About Is He Dead?:
In this laugh out loud comedy, Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, realizes that the only way he can pay his debts is to die, as only dead painters achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry his love Marie.


Musical Theatre Showcase
an evening of Broadway's favorite numbers
with an array of directors and students
from The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts

Performances are live, in person
In the Auditorium in Building 6 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:
Saturday, April 30 at 7 pm
Sunday, May 1 at 2pm

Performances are FREE
Questions can be directed to theatre@dmacc.edu

About the Musical Theatre Showcase:
Join us as students and special guests from the two flagship programs within the Simon Estes School of Fine Arts, Theatre and Music, present songs from some of Broadway's favorite musical numbers.


Summer Short Shakespeare '22
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare​
adapted by Carl Lindberg

Directed by Jodi Jinks

Performances are live, in person
In the Iowa Culinary Institute Atrium in Building 7 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:
*Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm
Friday, July 22 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 23 at 7 pm
Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm
Friday, July 29 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm

*Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about our opening night at the ici!

More info about Summer Short Shakespeare '22 will be announced during the Spring 2022 term.

About Summer Short Shakespeare:
Our annual tradition of shortened and updated Shakespeare brings us to a crowd favorite, the funny and delightful Midsummer Night's Dream. Young lovers, fairies, an aspiring theatre group, love potions and lover's spats, transformations, this play has everything we want in a comedy! You won't want to miss this production with a staging at the ici that is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and experience.


​​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 theatre@dmacc.edu.

Production Graphic Designs by DMACC Amina Ali. 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.​

 

Academic Options

Check out the Loading...Theatre: Transfer Major AA for students interested in transferring as Theatre Majors or Minors to ISU, UNI, or Iowa. Starting in Fall of 2021 we will also offer a Loading...Acting, Certificate to prepare you to enter directly into the field. For more information about academics at DMACC, including other articulation agreements with four-year universities such as Grand View, Drake, and Simpson​, please email Program Chair Carl Lindberg at celindberg@dmacc.edu.​​
 

Theatre Program ​Mission Statement

Mission
To provide quality, affordable, professionally oriented educational theatre that is transcendent for patrons, empowering for participants, relevant to the world we live in, and inclusive of the diverse community we are a part of.
Vision
DMACC Ankeny Theatre will develop theatrical shared experiences that are a joyous catalyst for connectivity and community.​
Values 
  • Excellence
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

Please email theatre@dmacc.edu for more information about the Theatre Program at DMACC.