Purdue University (Department of Theatre)

Purdue University (Department of Theatre)

West Lafayette, IN
location
Public
type
Suburban
setting
42%
58%
student ratio
30,043
total students
Tuition Cost $9,208 | $28,010
in-state | out-of-state
Rolling
fall application deadline
55%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
28
act composite

Overview

Communication. Collaboration. Creativity. These essential skills are the hallmark of the training programs at Purdue Theatre. Purdue Theatre faculty and staff are professional artists and technicians who work at major theatrical venues throughout the nation and the world. They share their experience in the classroom, on the stage, and one-on-one to prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry.

Purdue Theatre has an intimate, family-style atmosphere in a large university setting. The smaller class size, and one-on-one faculty/student instruction provides personalized mentoring to meet student needs. Many opportunities exist to apply classroom learning to on-campus performances. This balanced training program of classes, work on realized productions, and individualized tutorials will help students develop essential theatrical skills. In addition, many of our students take advantage of summer internship opportunities at nationally-recognized professional theatres.

Purdue Theatre is housed in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is a 300-seat proscenium theatre. This theatre was designed to provide an intimate actor/audience relationship through the use of an audience chamber that is only 12 rows deep, with terraced seating to provide maximum visibility of the proscenium opening. The Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre is a flexible performance space with seating capacities ranging from 100-150 seats, depending on the stage configuration. The stage area features a changeable decking system that can be lowered as much as three feet below the audience entry level, creating arena, thrust, or end-stage arrangements.

In addition to obtaining a well-rounded liberal arts education, theatre majors at Purdue are prepared to compete for entry into graduate programs or pursue professional careers. The Purdue Theatre Undergraduate Program offers four majors. Regardless of the major students choose, they will experience the excitement of working as part of a team, in a creative environment, toward the realization of a theatrical production.

Acting Major

The Acting major is for students who desire a program of study providing pre-professional training for a career as an actor, or for preparation to enter a field where communication and collaboration are essential to success. Acting majors learn to expand their 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.

In addition to coursework, the undergraduate actor at Purdue has ample opportunity to perform. Numerous opportunities exist each year for actors at the beginning and intermediate levels. All acting roles in mainstage and workshop productions are cast through open auditions.

Theatre Major

The Theatre major provides a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Each student may choose to focus in any given area. The BA in Theatre is the ideal program for the student who desires a general theatre education with a variety of experiences that will serve them in their future endeavors.

Design and Production Major

The Design and Production major is for students who desire a program of study intended to provide pre-professional training for a career in design, technology, or management in the entertainment industry. Upon completion, the student may pursue a career in the theatre or related areas, or explore advanced training and/or graduate study. Design and production assignments are made through portfolio reviews.

Sound for the Performing Arts

The Sound for the Performing Arts major seeks to expand the young sound designer/technician/engineer's range of knowledge and expression through broad-based exposure to various careers related to sound for the performing arts. Sound designers enter this field with either a strong technical/engineering aptitude/background or extraordinary musical talent in composition and/or performance. Ideal candidates demonstrate strong aptitude in both.

The audio production studio is a fully-equipped digital recording studio featuring over 400 square feet of recording space with additional isolation booths, and a similarly sized control room, storage, and an adjacent sound shop. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, based around a 24 channel surround sound system, is a proscenium house seating 300 people, while the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre, based around a 16 channel surround sound system, features a flexible configuration and seats 100-150 people. These theatres complement additional, larger campus venues in which sound students can gain additional experience in sound for the performing arts. JaffeHolden designed the acoustics and Auerbach Polach Friedlander designed the electronics for all of the sound facilities, which feature a high degree of integration and cross-venue compatibility.

The study of Sound for the Performing Arts includes both classroom study and practical

application of those studies. The student is encouraged and expected to be an active member of the department's production community. In this laboratory setting, the student not only applies information and ideas learned in class, but also learns responsibility, commitment, and cooperation, which are crucial skills needed for success in creative endeavors.

Minors

Students can also declare a minor in Theatre or Design and Production. The Certificate Program offers a 16 credit program in Theatre Lighting and a 19 credit Certificate in Acting: Communication program.

The Graduate Program offers the Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Audio Technology, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Scenic Design, and Technical Direction.


Location & Contact

Pao Hall of Visual & Performing Arts 552 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
USA

Ms. Pamela Horne

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

Phone: 765-494-1776
Fax: 765-494-0544
Email: admissions@purdue.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied48,774
    • Accepted27,227
    • Acceptance Rate55%
    • Enrolled30,043
    • Female Applicants19,171
    • Females Accepted12,047
    • Female Acceptance Rate62%
    • Male Applicants29,603
    • Males Accepted15,180
    • Male Acceptance Rate51%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $60
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.74
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen December 12th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 28 25 31
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$9,208
    • Out-of-state tuition *$28,010
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$794
    • Room and board *$10,030
    • Room only *$4,860
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students30,043
    • Male Student Percentage58%
    • Female Student Percentage42%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.57%
    • Black or African American3.01%
    • White or Caucasian63.02%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.14%
    • Asian7.06%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races2.38%
    • Unknown or International Student2.63%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout17.09% representing 101 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students36% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 41%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Purdue Student Government, Purdue University Dance Marathon, Society of Women Engineers, Purdue student union board, Krannert Graduate Student Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 1 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball No Division 1 Yes
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty2,671
    • Full-time Percentage87%
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 29,378 students to 2,434 faculty


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