Department of Theatre Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

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Whether you're a prospective student or planning to see one of our productions, the Department of Theatre welcomes you to the Purdue University campus. We hope the information below will help you plan your visit.

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.

 

Pao Hall floor plan

 

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.

Prospective Students

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

Theatre Patrons

Marquee (mainstage) productions are presented in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre and the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre. Shrader Series Productions are presented in the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre or other locations in Pao Hall, and also off-campus on occassion.

Box Office

The Yue-Kong Pao Hall Box Office, located in the lobby of the Hansen Theatre, is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed during the summer. On show days, the Pao Hall Box Office is also open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for weekday performances and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. The Loeb Box Office in Stewart Center is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Questions? Call the Box Office at (765) 494-3933.

Visitor Parking

Parking is free on weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends. Spaces are available in the front lot of Pao Hall and in the Marstellar garage. For weekday parking 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 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.

Directions

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 Grant Street intersection and then exit left onto Sheetz Street/State Road 26 East. 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 Grant Street intersection, exit left onto Sheetz Street/State Road 26
East. Proceed one block and turn right into the Pao Hall parking lot. See map for more parking options.

Pao Hall map

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