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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.


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.

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Address 475 Stadium Mall Drive
Schleman Hall
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2050
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Contact Ms. Pamela T. Horne
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Email: admissions@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-1776
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported December 12th Yes
Other early decision plan November 1st December 12th
Transfer Not reported Not reported

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Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 28 25 31

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Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

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Hispanic/Latino 4.57%
Black or African American 3.01%
White or Caucasian 63.02%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.14%
Asian 7.06%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.11%
Two or more races 2.38%
Other 2.63%


Male (57.63%)
Female (42.37%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Cooperative housing
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% of undergrad students who live in college housing 41%

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 2,316
Part-time - 355
Male - 1,706
Female - 965