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

Stage right

In addition to participating in nearly every Northwestern theatre production both on stage and behind the scenes, Jacob Christiansen is also an Admissions Ambassador, peer tutor, and writer for the student newspaper.

Jacob's story


The collaboration and performance standards of a Northwestern theatre degree set the stage for Matthew Hulstein to find success in law school and in his role as an attorney for people who need someone to be their voice of justice.

Matthew's story