College of Visual and Performing Arts

Oliver Pickpokets

The IPFW Department of Theatre will help you to acquire a habit of mind, in which critical thinking and communication are integral components. We believe students should acquire a broad base of general knowledge during their years at university. Therefore, our Bachelor of Arts Degree works with the University’s general education curriculum—or the core of classes every undergraduate takes—to offer broad-based historical and critical learning in theatre. However, we’ve developed theatre concentrations because we also recognize that some specialization is necessary at your level of development. We want you to be ready to take charge of your life’s journey once you graduate, whether that be by pursuing a life in the professional theatre, going on to a graduate program or deciding to enter a related field.

The mission of the Department of Theatre is to:

• educate its students within a broad liberal arts framework in the art, craft and discipline of theatre, through programs offering both classroom study and experiential production activities.
• serve the University Community through its productions and general education offerings.
• provide culturally enriching activities to the greater Northeastern Indiana Region.


The IPFW Department of Theatre values:

• the pursuit of knowledge in an environment that encourages free and open inquiry, academic achievement, scholarship, and creativity.
• the cultivation of creativity.
• the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards.
• artistic and scholarly collaboration.
• interdisciplinary inquiry and scholarship.
• the professional commitment, innovations, and accomplishments of faculty and staff.
• partnership with the community to enhance cultural, creative, and intellectual life in the region.
• diversity.


The IPFW Department of Theatre will be a regionally recognized theatre program, known for its regional impact and:

• the excellence, value, and accessibility of its training programs.
• its exceptional academic curricula and facilities that foster unique teaching, learning, and student environments.
• the scholarly and creative accomplishments of its faculty, students, and staff.
• its contributions to the quality of artistic and creative life of the region.


• Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process using the vocabulary of the appropriate discipline.
• Perform or create works of personal and collaborative expression and bring the works to fruition using applicable skills.
• Articulate a reflective and critical evaluation of one’s own and other’s efforts using written and/or oral communication.