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


All Department of Theatre degree programs offer a balanced blend of liberal-arts education and theatre core courses.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts program is for students who seek careers in theatre or theatre-related arts. All theatre bachelor's degree students complete a common core of theatre studies. Concentrations are available in acting, directing, and design/technology. Each concentration requires additional special courses.

Emphasis Areas

Acting, Musical Theatre, Directing, and Design Technology (pdf):

  • Students take courses in acting, movement, and voice, and pursue regular and special performance opportunities.
  • Students study performance and staging techniques and theories that will communicate the directorial vision to an audience.
  • Students take courses in design, stagecraft, costume construction, and period styles. Students may also take area specific skill building courses, and pursue specialized design and/or technology projects.
  • Students take courses in musical theatre performance, dance and music theory and participate in an active musical theatre production program.

Minor in Theatre (pdf):
The theatre minor is available to all IPFW students who have an interest in theatre by completing 24 hours of specific theatre courses. Additionally, students acquiring a teaching certificate in other fields may earn a theatre minor by completing 24 specified credit hours in the department.

Careers in Theatre