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Theatre Programs

This is where you can grow intellectually and artistically more than you ever imagined.

Home to a world of creative performances and unrelenting passion, our theatre students bring plays and musicals to life for our dedicated audiences.

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B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

For students with serious performance arts intentions, this will get you where you want to be. This interdisciplinary degree combines the curricula of theatre, music, and dance, producing graduates proficient in all three performing arts areas. You’ll be prepared for competitive graduate-level training or to enter professional theatre venues in major urban markets, as well as touring companies, cruise ships, amusement parks, and summer stock. Offering a balance of foundational and specialization studies, you’ll receive exceptionally close mentorship in a modestly sized program.

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Program Highlights

  • The opportunity to perform with a high level of artistry in different forms of musical theatre
  • The ability to work with professional production teams in the musical theatre industry
  • The ability to write and express yourself with critical discernment
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue degree


Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Conceptualize the theatre complex
  • Apply literary analyses to distinct practice analyses
  • Develop a historical timeline
  • Link theatre to its contexts
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the rudiments of academic critical writing
  • Apply rhetorical strategies to demonstrate the use of critical-thinking skills (both orally and in writing)
  • Apply abstract, intellectual concepts about a work of theatre to the various practical areas of production
  • Exhibit a collaborative spirit within the classroom, the production process, and the department as a whole 
  • Demonstrate high achievement in acting while singing
  • Reach a preprofessional level of acting training
  • Attain a thorough development of vocal-performance skills
  • Attain a thorough knowledge of musicianship, demonstrated in vocal performance
  • Attain a thorough knowledge of basic music theory through an intermediate level of undergraduate training
  • Develop basic keyboard skills in order to allow one to teach oneself one’s repertoire
  • Acquire basic sight-singing, music-dictation and aural-recognition skills
  • Develop basic competency as a dancer at an intermediate level of training
  • Demonstrate the ability to fuse all student learning outcomes into a unified performance of a major role

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