Northwestern students run lights during a theatre production.

Looking for a dramatic difference? We have a reputation as one of the best Christian college theatre programs in the country. Ours isn’t a competitive, cutthroat environment. Instead, students praise our ensemble approach where every role—from actor to usher—is equally valued.

Academic programs

Students say the collaborative, excellence-oriented environment of Northwestern’s theatre program is unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. The program’s goal is to help you as a theatre artist develop your creative gifts for service in God’s kingdom. Explore programs


Northwestern’s theatre faculty—which includes an Iowa Professor of the Year—is an ensemble of professional actors, directors, designers and playwrights. They’ll mentor you, collaborate with you, and treat you as a fellow artist. Explore faculty

Premier facilities

Playing a supporting role is the award-winning DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. With both proscenium and black box theatres, a spacious lobby, scene and costume studios, a design studio and more, it’s been called “the best theatre of any college in Iowa.” Explore facilities


With interests in theatre and writing, Julia added a public relations minor to her theatre major. After graduation, she wants to direct and run a children's theatre company.

Julia's story


Theatre major Isaiah Custer added an arts administration minor and interned at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, which set the stage for his current job in communications and promotions for Taproot.

Isaiah's story