The Theatre Concentration provides students with a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of the theatre, and then allows students to continue their training in acting, costume design, lighting design, scenic design or sound design.  Students participate in numerous departmental productions to gain practical experience, develop portfolios, and connect and apply ideas and theories from their coursework and life. The theatre division prides itself on educating its students to acquire the discipline, analytical skills, and aesthetic judgment necessary for collaboration with others as productive citizens and artists.

Points of Pride

  • Two theatres in Purdue’s new Visual Performing Arts Building opened in 2005. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is a proscenium house seating 300 people, while the Gordon Mallett Studio Theatre features a flexible configuration and seats 105-155 people. These new theatres complement additional, larger campus venues.
  • The study of theatre should include both the classroom study and practical application of those studies. Therefore, students are encouraged and expected to be active members 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.


  • Sound designer
  • Light designer
  • Scenic designer
  • Costume designer
  • Theatre manager
  • Actors
  • Scenic Artists
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to theatre arts but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set
  • Graduate school

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Plan of Study

Degree in 3

2018-19 Plan of Study

2017-18 Plan of Study

2016-17 Plan of Study

2015-16 Plan of Study

2014-15 Plan of Study

Department of Theatre

Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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