Theatre program

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 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

Superb 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

Sofia Schaeffer

Curtain call

Sofia is grateful for how Northwestern's theatre department is preparing her not only for a career in performance, but also many other areas of theatre work.

Sofia's story

Tetta Askeland

On set

Inspired by her NWC professors, Tetta aspires to be a professor of scenic design after earning her master’s degree.

Tetta's story

Isaiah Custer


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

Isaiah's story

Matthew Hulstein


The collaboration and performance standards of an NWC theatre degree set the stage for Matthew to find success in his role as an attorney for clients who need someone to be their voice.

Matthew's story