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The acting program at Purdue University seeks to expand the young actor’s range of knowledge and expression through the performance of drama. The actor is a channel for the truth in the play and must possess the ability to comprehend the playwright’s message and communicate it as a character. The acting program consists of acting core classes, specialized training, and related required courses. Upon completion, the student may choose to enter directly into an acting career, any communication-related field, or pursue graduate study for a career in theatre.

Points of Pride

  • Two new theatres in Purdue’s Visual Performing Arts Building opened in fall 2005. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is a proscenium house seating 300 people, while the Gordon Mallett Studio Theatre features a flexible configuration and seat 105-155 people.  These new theatres complement additional larger campus venues.
  • The study of Theatre includes both the classroom study and practical application of those studies.  Therefore, the student is encouraged and expected to be an active member of our production community. In this laboratory setting, the student not only applies information and ideas learned in classes, but also learns the critical life lessons of responsibility, commitment, and cooperation, which are crucial skills needed for survival in the 21st century.


  • Actor
  • Public speaker/presenter
  • Graduate or professional school
  • Trial attorney (develop presentation skills)
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to theatre arts but able to capitalize on students' broad-based liberal arts skill set

Plan of Study

Department of Theatre

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