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Decades of theatre

LAMB theatre is a non-profit professional non-equity theatre. Together with The LAMB School, we make up LAMB Arts LTD, a 501(c)3 non-profit company dedicated to enriching the arts in Siouxland through performance and education. We have a highly qualified staff working toward that goal.

We love giving our audiences something new

We really started enjoying the creation of new works and the additional collaboration and creativity it gives our theatre company and audience.  

The following World Premieres have appeared FIRST at LAMB:
  • Stephen Dolginoff’s Panic (2009), Flames! (2013) & Monster Makers (2015)
  • Diana Wooley’s They Called Her Beautiful (2015)
  • Kenneth Jones’ Hollywood, Nebraska (2022)

Regional Premieres include
  • Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth (2016)
  • Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story (2017)
  • Sean Grennan’s Now and Then (2018)
  • Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin's Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) (2022)
  • Jeff Talbott’s The Messenger (2023)
  • Peter Moore’s A Trick of the Light (2023)
  • Paul Slade Smith’s The Outsider (2024)
on the move

Growing + expanding

LAMB Theatre has a rich history of producing theatre, starting at the former Sioux City Hilton and later at the former Webster Elementary School. During the Webster thirty-eight year period, LAMB not only became deeply engaged in the local community but also established a robust arts education program. As our organization grew, it became clear that a new, larger facility was needed. While waiting for the completion of our new home, LAMB has temporarily relocated our education program and theatrical productions to Morningside University. This transition marks an exciting opportunity for collaboration with the university and reinforces LAMB's commitment to arts education and our involvement with the Siouxland community.

our timeline

where it all began


1979: LAMB formed as a for profit business performing at the former Sioux City Hilton Inn’s Crystal Ballroom.

1986: Moved into Market St and became a subchapter S corporation with Marvin & Frances Kline

1989: LAMB EWE-niversity was born

1999: LAMB School created

2002: THE BOX space added

2006: LAMB Arts LTD formed which changed our status to a nonprofit theatre

2009: World Premiere of PANIC and that year began championing new theatrical works

2009: LAMB Caravan began

2012: First time receiving Great NonprofitsTop Rated status and continues that distinction today

2013-present: World Premiere of Flames and so many more World and Regional Premieres

2024: LAMB leaves 417 Market to continue producing theatre and classes at Morningside University as they continue to develop plans for a new permanent building.

  • 1979

    Just starting out

    LAMB Productions Theatre was formed in July 1979 by Russell and Diana Wooley. The theatre's first production was Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers which had a three performance run at the Sioux City Hilton (now the Sioux City Hotel and Conference Center). After sixteen "bus and truck" productions at the Hilton, LAMB took a nine month hiatus to seek out a permanent home.

  • 1986

    A new home

    In November of 1986, after incorporating with the help and support of Marvin & Francis Kline, LAMB moved into the recently vacated Webster School building at 417 Market Street, where the company continues to produce theatre and teach classes for young people. The first fifteen years in this location, the theatre was known as a dinner theatre, with meals a featured part of the evening.

  • 1988

    Hot dog

    The Hot Dog Theatre for Kids series began. This series featured adult performers and a few child actors in productions, with a tasty Hot Dog treat after the show! These summer shows ran until 2000, when it evolved into The LAMB School Children's Theatre (featuring a cast of LAMB Students) and finally morphed into THE Young People's Theare at LAMB in 2010. Now LAMB School students - plus adults, as needed - are cast in productions geared for younger audiences (but entertaining for all ages)!

  • 1989

    Imagine that - a new member of the flock

    In the summer of 1989, LAMB worked with the Sioux City Art Center to create Imagination Celebration, a federally funded arts education program; the birth of what eventually came to be called LAMB EWE-niversity. By 1992, the EWE was a totally self-supporting, theatre arts education program, offering classes for kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Packed with hands-on performing arts experiences, the EWE has filled thousands of children's summers!

  • 1999

    All grown up

    Our arts education program took the next step – offering year-round curriculum through The LAMB School of Theatre and Music. Still an important part of LAMB operations, the school has a class for any individual – from babies to senior citizens.

  • 2002

    Good things come in small packages

    THE BOX Theatre was created as a second performing space. Featuring a “black box” feel and seating between 40 – 60, depending on the production, the performances in this space are often edgier or more nontraditional theatre fare.

  • 2006

    Betty, when you call me, you can call me LAL

    As part of the theatre's transition to non-profit status, LAMB Arts LTD was formed and continues to have a significant impact on the Siouxland community. As the new organizing body for LAMB Arts Regional Theatre (since 1979) and The LAMB School of Theatre and Music (since 1999), LAMB Arts LTD  (LAL) went forth with a mission of "creating and sustaining arts opportunities for people of all ages". The established LAMB name helped to jumpstart the newly formed entity into the community, creating partnerships with Mary Treglia/Camp Imagination, Siouxland Autistic Society/”Celebrate Autism”, Upward Bound, Girls, Inc., YMCA, area schools, both the Girl and Boy Scouts, and the families in the neighborhood in which the LAL building is located.

  • 2009

    Now is a perfect time for a panic

    The World Premiere of Stephen Dolginoff’s musical PANIC, the Story Behind The War of the Worlds Broadcast was performed by the LAMB Cast of Matt Rixner (Orson Welles), Wayne Blum (John Houseman), Donny E. Short III (Howard Koch), Allison Beumler (Vivian), Emily Dorsett (Penny), Michael Powell (Max), Reed Saunders (Jimmy). This fabulous production was directed by Russell James Wooley. Stephen Dolginoff’s original music was arranged by David Blackburn, and instrumental tracks were created by Donald E. Short III. The set and lighting design was by Michael Rohlena, with costumes by Karen Sowienski, and props and set dressing by Debra Marqusee.

  • 2009

    lamb on the road

    The LAMB Caravan was created. The first Caravan traveled 2,137 miles through five states performing THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES. Contracted through West Lake Entertainment of Los Angeles, the Caravan performs for service organizations and schools in the Midwest. The first LAMB Caravan cast included: John-Emmett Mahon, Alissa Walker, Emily Dorsett and Reed Saunders. Diana Wooley accompanied them on their journey. This unique program offers a chance for older LAMB School students to experience touring a show.

    LAMB also sponsored POETRY OUT LOUD (POL) for the first time, which included Northwest Iowa students. That year, area high school winner and LAMB student, John-Emmett Mahon, won the state level POL championship and advanced to represent Iowa at the 2010 national event held in Washington, D.C., to be followed by another LAMB student, Grace Rants, who earned the same top honors the very next year.  LAMB had quite a run of winners for six years and in 2023 was granted the opportunity to send competitors to both Iowa and South Dakota state competitions. 

  • 2020

    They name art COVID

    While the world shutdown, LAMB kept active. After hunkering down for two months, we emerged to produce two streaming theatre productions:  a student production of The Show Must Go Online and Sean Grennan’s virtual play, Couples. A family Pandemic Fairy Tale Playlets video competition, a playwrighting contest, Monologue Madness, and LAMB Ewe-niversity became Zoom-niversity

    In September 2020, actual staged at the theatre productions of Outside Mullingar, God’s Favorite, Hate Mail, Bakersfield Mist and Last Five Years to properly distanced, masked live audience in addition to streaming audiences. Our fundraiser in 2021 was a virtual FUN-draiser The Vault that featured on virtual murder mystery in addition to an online auction and video presentation with performances and interviews from former LAMB actors and students.