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

THE 2023-2024 SEASON

​​​Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)
by Barbara Field

Directed by Miranda Turner

Performances are held in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:

Friday, September 29 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm
Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 8 at 2 pm

*ASL Interpreted Performance: Friday, October 6, 7:30pm*

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start time.

This production contains strobing lighting effects and gunshot sound effects.

Play​​ing With Fire Tickets

For tickets in the ASL Interpreted Section on Friday, October 6, apply the code: ASL106 and select the number of "ASL Interpreted Section" tickets - separate from General Admission.
Any questions can be directed to​

About Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)

As the play begins, an exhausted and dying Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong he has committed by, at last, destroying the malignant evil he believes he has created, Frankenstein finds that he must first deal with his own responsibility and guilt—for, as their fascinating confrontation develops, it is evident that the Creature has become a pathetic, lonely and even sensitive being who wants only to find love and that he, Frankenstein, by intruding into the very secrets of life, is truly the evil one. As the two debate, scenes from the past flash by. Ultimately the exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil—culminating in the Creature’s agonizing question, “Why did you make me?”

by Spenser Davis

Directed by Brittany Rebhuhn

Performances are held in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus At the following dates & times:

Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
​​Sunday, November 19 at 2 pm

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start time.

Merg​e Tickets

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About Merge
In 1976, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they're forced to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage. Exhibit A? They have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.

​​Head Over Heels
Songs by The Go-Go's
Based on 'The Arcadia' by Sir Philip Sidney
Conceived and Original Book by Jeff Whitty
Adapted by James Magruder

A Co-Production with Grand View University
Directed by Kristin Larson

As a co-production we will perform both at DMACC campus and Grand View University.
The first week of performances will be held in the Viking Theatre in the Student Center at Grand View University.
The second week of performances will be held at DMACC in the Black Box Theatre in Building 5 on the Ankeny Campus.
At the following dates & times:

Grand View:

Monday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 pm


Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start time.

*Free tickets will be on sale soon!*

Any questions can be directed to

About Head Over Heels

HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”
A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, HEAD OVER HEELS follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts. 

Summer Short Shakespeare '24
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
adapted by Carl Lindberg

Directed by Sarah Kate Bode

Performances are on the Ankeny Campus
At the following dates & times:

Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm
Friday, July 19 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 7 pm
Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm
Friday, July 26 at 7 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 7 pm

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show start time.

More info about Summer Short Shakespeare '24 will be announced during the Spring 2024 term.
Performances are FREE
Questions can be directed to

Auditions for Summer Short Shakespeare '24 will take place near the end of the Spring 2024 term.

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 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​​

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.