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

Undergraduate Majors, Minors, & Certificates

About the Programs

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 to pursue a professional career.

The Purdue Department of Theatre offers:

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. 


Faculty Contacts

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies; Professor, Performance: Richard Stockton Rand 
Coordinator of Design & Production Area; Associate Professor of Practice, Technical Direction: Rich Dionne
Department of Theatre Chair; Professor, Directing and Performance: Ann M. Shanahan

Assistant Professor, Costume Design: Ashley Bellet 
Associate Professor, Acting: Kristine Holtvedt
Visiting Assistant Professor, Directing and Performance: Dr. William Lewis
Associate Professor, Scenic Design: Rusty Jones
Associate Professor, Lighting Design: Michael McNamara
Professor, Sound Design/Sound for the Performing Arts: Barry G. Funderburg

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