Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Acting Major - BA

About the Program

For students who desire a program of study intended to provide training for a career as an actor, or for preparation to enter a field where communication and collaboration are essential to success. The Acting program at Purdue University seeks to expand the student’s range of knowledge and expression through the performance of drama. Upon completion, the student may work toward a life in the theatre, choose to pursue a communication-related career, or explore advanced training and/or graduate study.

Degree Information for Acting Majors


Performance Opportunities

In addition to coursework, the undergraduate actor at Purdue has ample opportunity to perform. While acting in Mainstage season productions is often the responsibility of advanced undergraduate and graduate actors, numerous opportunities exist each year for actors at the beginning and intermediate levels.


Faculty Contacts

For specific questions regarding the Acting major, contact:

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies (Spring 2021): Dr. William Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Directing and Performance
Department of Theatre Chair; Associate Professor, Directing and Performance: Ann M. Shanahan

Lecturer in Theatre: Bill Caise 
Professor, Theatre History and Criticism: Dr. Anne Fliotsos
Associate Professor, Acting: Kristine Holtvedt 
Professor, Acting: Richard Stockton Rand
Lecturer in Theatre: Martin Swoverland

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