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Prospective Students

Students and their families are always welcome to visit the Department of Theatre to tour our facilities and attend our productions. Please contact the department to arrange a visit.

Theatre Patrons

Mainstage productions are presented in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre and the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre. The Shrader Workshop Series is presented in the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre, other locations in Pao Hall, or occasionally off-campus.

Box Offices

Theatre tickets may be purchased online through the box office at any time, or in-person at the Loeb Playhouse Box Office located in the main lobby of Stewart Center on the west side of the building (128 Memorial Mall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907).

The Loeb Playhouse Box Office is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

[NOTE: The Pao Hall Box Office is closed for the 2020-21 academic year due to the pandemic.]

For ticketing assistance by phone, please call the Hall of Music Box Office at (765) 494-3933. A representative is available to assist you at this number from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Note: this number does not take messages.

For ticketing assistance by email, please contact

Visitor Parking

Parking is free on weekdays after 5:00 pm and on weekends. Spaces are available in the front and back lots of Pao Hall and along Sheetz St. For weekday parking 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Grant Street parking garage is within walking distance of Pao Hall; an hourly fee is charged. Visitors may also purchase a guest parking permit online.


From I-65 Southbound:

Take Exit 178 (State Road 43). Turn right and follow to State Road 26 West (State Street). Follow State Street past the Grant Street intersection and turn left onto Sheetz Street. Proceed one block and turn right into the Pao Hall parking lot. See map for more parking options.

From I-65 Northbound:

Take Exit 172. Turn left onto State Road 26 West (State Street in West Lafayette) and follow through Lafayette to West Lafayette. After the Grant Street intersection, turn left onto Sheetz Street. Proceed one block and turn right into the Pao Hall parking lot. See map for more parking options.


Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Theatre is located in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, which opened in 2006. Pao Hall is located on the south side of campus between the Agricultural Mall/Marsteller Street and Hawkins Residence Hall/Sheetz Street.

Nancy T. Hansen Theatre

The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is a 300-seat proscenium theatre. This state-of-the-art facility was designed to provide an intimate actor/audience relationship through the use of an audience chamber that is only 12 rows deep and terraced seating to provide maximum visibility of the proscenium opening.

Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre

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.