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


Students can prepare for a career in theatre by participating in a wide variety of cultural events, including high school and community theatre productions, music and dance groups, computer design, industrial arts, visual arts and marketing, as well as athletics. A college preparatory program with literature classes and supplementary theatre education in community-based theatre programs, such as the IPFW Community Arts Academy (260-481-6059), are also beneficial.

Students who graduate with a degree in theatre often embark on careers in acting (stage and screen), theatre design and technology, and education. IPFW graduates are also well prepared for any profession demanding skill in reading, comprehension, analysis, speaking, and organization.

Other Theatrical Opportunities:
Theatre faculty and students are active in the Fort Wayne theatre community. Performing with many other performing groups, such as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Arena Dinner Theatre, and First Presbyterian Theater, is encouraged to provide experience in a variety of theatre environments.

Theatre faculty work regularly at other theatres and universities across the nation and keep in contact with the most recent developments in their fields.  The department regularly brings diverse guest artists to campus to provide workshops, seminars, residencies, and hands-on training for students. Recent visiting artists include renowned playwrights Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and Arthur Giron (Edith Stein), and actors Danny Glover, BD Wong, James Earl Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Tony Award Winning Michelle Pawk and film maker Corey Edwards.