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The Purdue Theatre Guild


Your support each year equips us to prepare bright, young Boilermakers for successful lives and careers, and equips us to create and share knowledge and expertise. When you make a contribution to the Purdue University Department of Theatre, you become part of the Purdue Theatre Guild. Contributions are used to support the educational mission of the department by supplementing financial needs for: guest artists and speakers, scholarships, special events, recruitment, student travel, and instructional equipment and supplies.

  • $20,000 in Emerging Artist Scholarships

  • Guest Artists and Speakers

  • Opening Night Receptions

  • Department of Theatre Callout (engagement initiative)

  • Recruiting Activities, Travel, and Materials

  • Instructional Equipment and Supplies

  • Transportation for students to attend theatre-related events and opportunities

  • Departmental memberships in the National Association of Schools of Theatre, University/Resident Theatre Association, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, etc.

  • Hosting visiting alumni and prospective students interviewing for graduate school at Purdue


Levels of Support

All contributors of any giving level are considered members of the Purdue Theatre Guild. 

  • Benefactor                         $1,000 and up

  • Patron                                $500-$999

  • Sustainer                           $250-$499

  • Supporter                           $100-$249

  • Friend                                 $30-$99

  • Member                              $5-$29


To Become a Member of the Purdue Theatre Guild


To give online, follow this link and complete the fields: Give Online here

By Mail

To make a contribution by mail to the Purdue Theatre Guild, please make your check payable to Purdue Foundation (memo line: Dept. of Theatre) and send to:

Purdue Department of Theatre
c/o University Development Office
403 West Wood Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2007

For our records, please include a note with a phone number and/or email address.

By Phone

To make a gift by phone, call (765) 494-2727. 

Other Ways to Give

To learn more about other ways to support the Department of Theatre, such as matching gifts; stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; and planned or estate gifts, visit



Established in 1977, the Purdue Theatre Guild was the brainchild of Professor Dale Miller during his tenure as Director of Theatre. He envisioned the Guild as a mechanism for raising funds to help defray the costs of production needs not covered by available university budgets and subsidies.

The Guild began with a very generous initial donation by the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Horton (Mr. Horton was Professor Emeritus at Krannert School of Management). The late Mrs. Beverlie Maynard was also a major benefactor during the early years of the Guild.

Many members have been active in the Guild for over twenty-five years.  They include:

Tom and Winnie Adler
Mrs. Anna Berkovitz
Gary and Kathy Hendricks
Christoph and Karen Hoffmann
Dr. Dean Hunter
Dean and Lucille Knudsen
Fred and Andrea Kuipers
Dorothy Light
Marc and Judy Loudon
George and Linda McCabe
David and Isobel Miller
Jo Ann Mullen
Dennis and Jane Richmond
Esther Weiner
Harold Woodman
Stephen Woods
George and Marlaya Wyncott
Bob Zink

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