College of Visual and Performing Arts
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:

Purdue Fort Wayne
Box Office

Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre

Ernest E. Williams Theatre

The Ernest E. Williams 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 CVPA multimedia lab in the adjacent Visual Arts Building

Studio Theatre

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 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 with a faculty signature only.  Library sign out forms are available through the department secretary. 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 all Thursday night performances in Williams Theatre. 

We offer the SoundMate® Personal Listening System, an assistive listening devices 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.