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 from Summer 2020, now streaming on demand through the Spring 2021 semester.

Dire​cted by Carl Lindberg​, 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​

Live, Free, Online Performances in October 2020

Here is the program for the DAT Staged Reading Series!


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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 Play and Program for Romeo & Internet

Romeo & Internet will only be available through the Spring 2021 semester!​​​



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, live performances were in the Black Box Theatre from 2/26 through 3/7. To request a link to see the recording of the play, please email

Here is the program from 2020 Bingo!

The Creative Age play
The Creative Age

a Play for Young Audiences

by Carl Lindberg
Directed by Lo Stone

FREE performances on the Ankeny Campus Plaza​

Between Buildings 5 & 2 

May 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 2 pm & 4 pm

If weather forces cancellations, makeup performances will be May 15 & 16.​

Recommended for grades K-5. No reservations required. We encourage bringing an outdoor chair and a face covering. For more information email

About The Creative Age
The audience ventures with Sassafras, a musician joining an acting troupe, into creative situations and with quirky characters to a place without technology. The play explores various kinds of DIY creativity, like music, poetry, art, photography, and dramatics. While this world premiere's target audience may be young people, there will be lots of laughs for the relatively taller people that drive folks to the performances!

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The purple star on this map is where performances will be!​

Here is the program for The Creative Age.​


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Vox in the Box 2

​readings from student playwrights in DRA 252​

Check back for a link to the recording of excerpt​s of student written plays from Spring 2021!



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.​


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 Certificate in Acting to prepare you to enter directly into the field. For more information about academics at DMACC, including other articulation agreements with four-year universities, please email Program Chair Carl Lindberg at​​

Theatre Program ​Mission Statement

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.
DMACC Ankeny Theatre will develop theatrical shared experiences that are a joyous catalyst for connectivity and community.​
  • Excellence
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity

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