College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Beverly Redman, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

phone 260-481-6551
fax 260-481-6707

office Williams Theatre
room WT128
hours Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

IPFW Box Office

Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD


FacilitiesErnest E. Williams Theatre

The Ernest E. Williams Theatre, built in 1992 is home to the Department of Theatre’s offices, classrooms, library and its primary performance space. Seating 297, the fully handicap accessible Williams Theatre boasts a semi-thrust stage, scene shop, costume shop, rehearsal/dance studio, and dressing rooms. The theatre computer lab is housed in the VPA multimedia lab in the adjacent Visual Arts Building.

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is a flexible black box space seating 90-150 patrons. The theatre is located in Kettler Hall. Studio Theatre recently underwent a $250,000 renovation that included:

• 150 new, upholstered seats, fixed in place, yet easily arranged in a variety of configurations
• Two separate entrance stairs with newly fabricated handrails
• A handicap accessible, vertical, hydraulic lift
• New flexible lighting system including new dimmers and house lights
• New hardware and theatrical communication software
• A movable resilient dance floor


The department maintains a collection of books, musical scripts, scores and videos, available for use by theatre students and faculty.  Books and scripts may be signed out for limited loans of a specified duration. The library is staffed by student employees and is generally open 15-20 hours per week. Please note that musical scores and video materials do not circulate.

 Exciting Features for Patrons with Disabilities

The IPFW Department of Theatre continues to offer a variety of barrier-free services at both theatres such as accessible, close-in handicapped parking and spacious lower level seating for patrons. We also offer: Sign language interpreter services during the final Sunday matinee of all performances. We offer the SoundMate® Personal Listening System, an assistive listening device in the auditorium for patrons with hearing loss.

The box office provides a Text Telephone Device (TTD) that allows patrons who cannot speak or hear to make their own ticket reservations. The direct TTD line is 260-481-4105. The regular box office number is 260-481-6555 for any additional questions.