About Us
College of Visual and Performing Arts

John O'Connell,  Dean

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

  • Office: Visual Arts Building
  • Room: VA102
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am–5 pm

  • Phone: 260-481-6977
  • Fax: 260-481-6707
  • E-mail: lwhitwor@pfw.edu

Purdue Fort Wayne
Box Office

Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre

The Visual Arts BuildingVisual Arts Bldg

The Visual Arts Building provides art students with spacious, specialized studio space for study and production of ceramics, sculpture, metalsmithing, printmaking, painting, drawing, graphic design and photography.  Classrooms, woodshop, three art computer labs, the 65 seat multimedia Plogsterth Lecture Hall and the Visual Arts Gallery complete this well-equipped art facility, which was constructed in 1990

Rhinehart Music Center

Rhinehart Music CenterBuilt in 2007, the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center was designed to serve the university and the community. A brick design surrounds the exterior of the building, creating an architectural “score” with a 2nd floor treble staff and a 1st floor bass staff. Windows represent notes and glass prisms add musical accents. Inside, each space has been fine tuned. Teaching studios, rehearsal spaces and practice rooms are acoustically isolated and calibrated. Multiple programs can occur at the same time without interfering with each other. Each building element was designed to enhance sound. For acoustic balance, the Performance Hall and Recital Hall feature wood and canvas reflector panels hanging from the superstructure to accommodate unamplified vocals and instrumentation as well as amplified spoken word. 

University Box Office

Conveniently located in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center, the box office is the home base of the daily operations for tickets purchases for theatre performances, music concerts and recitals, lectures, and other entertainment events. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission.  Purchase Tickets ONLINE.

Box Office Hours:

  • Contact information: 260-481-6555, option 2 or eventtickets@pfw.edu
  • September 1 – May 31: Monday-Friday 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 1-August 31: Tuesday-Friday 1-6 p.m.
  • The Box Office is closed during all university holidays.
Tickets to all Philharmonic events are available through the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 303 E. Main St., through their website fwphil.org or by calling 260-422-4226.
Patron Accessibility
  • Accessible parking and lower level seating.
  • SoundMate® Personal Listening System available in Williams Theatre for patrons with hearing loss.
  • Call the University Box Office at 260-481-6555, option 2, for any additional questions. 

Dolnick Hall is home to the Purdue Fort Wayne Music Therapy Clinic, the only on-campus working clinic in a state university in the state of Indiana. In addition to a spacious clinic activity room, the well-equipped facility provides three treatment rooms, video-linked observation stations, faculty offices and a pleasant waiting area. With easy-access for clients, the clinic is able to serve approximately 40 clients annually for extended treatment periods.

Department of Theatre

Department of Theatre

The Ernest E. Williams Theatre, built in 1992 is home to the Department of Theatre. Seating 297, the Williams boasts a semi-thrust stage, state-of-the-art lighting, scene shop, costume shop, rehearsal/dance studio, dressing rooms and a collection of plays and theatre and dance videos. The theatre computer lab is included in the VPA multimedia lab in the adjacent Visual Arts Building.

Studio Theatre was the department's performance space until construction of the Williams Theatre. An experimental black box space seating 150, the theatre is located in Kettler Hall. Studio Theatre recently experienced a $250,000 renovation that includes features making it one of the most up-to-date theatres in the region to accommodate the creative design of students and faculty.

  • 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 curtains, paint and enhanced storage areas
  • New metal pipe grid for the ceiling with a plug and play umbilical electric system
  • New intelligent, flexible lighting system including new dimmers and house lights
  • New hardware and theatrical communication software
  • A uniquely sprung, movable resilient dance floor allowing for more dance classes and performances

The Williams Theatre Box Office

The Williams Theatre Box Office, room 124, is located in the lobby of the Williams Theatre.

Box Office Hours:

  • The Williams Theatre Box Office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Williams Theatre. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the IPFW Box Office in the Athletics Center Monday through Friday.

The Studio Theatre Box Office

The Studio Theatre Box Office, room G32,  is located on the northeast corner of Kettler Hall. 

Box Office Hours:

  • The Studio Theatre Box Office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Studio Theatre. 

Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early.  Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission.  Children under six will not be admitted.