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

Undergraduate Majors/Minors

Mission Statement

We serve the students of Purdue University and our local communities, and contribute to the national and international performing arts. Through the performing arts, we educate and engage, research and discover, imagine and create, all in order to explore the human condition.
We inspire creativity in an immersive and collaborative setting. 
We develop conceptualization and communication skills.
We encourage empathy within a problem-solving environment.
We integrate engineering and technology into the art of storytelling.
We promote a healthy and balanced workplace.
We mentor students, artists, and professionals throughout their careers.
We foster the rigor and discipline necessary for success. 

Program Objective

Theatre is the most collaborative of all art forms, incorporating aspects of music, dance, and visual art. Theatre requires us to create an imaginary world on stage—a world that calls us to explore the human condition, provoking us to better understand ourselves and our society.

Students learn from faculty who are award winning teachers and professionals in their fields, in an environment that teams a world-class university with an ethnically/culturally rich student body.

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 a professional career. We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in:

  • Theatre (encompassing all areas)
  • Acting
  • Design & Production
  • Sound for the Performing Arts

Theatre students are expected to be active members of our production community. In this laboratory setting, students not only apply information and ideas learned in classes, but also learn the critical lessons of responsibility, commitment, and cooperation, all crucial skills for survival in our 21st century world. 

For more information contact:

Acting/directing: Kristine Holtvedt,

Acting/movement: Rich Rand,

Acting/voice: Richard Sullivan Lee,

History/theatre studies: Dr. Anne Fliotsos,

Costume design & tech: Erin Carignan,

Lighting design & tech: Michael McNamara, 

Scenic design & tech: Rusty Jones,           

Sound design/Sound for the Performing Arts: Rick Thomas,

Technical Direction: Rich Dionne,

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Undergraduate Scholarships

For information about Theatre scholarships go here. Other university scholarship opportunities are described on the College of Liberal Arts web site.

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