Photo of a production by the Purdue Theater Company

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players” and if you want to play on the stage, has Purdue Calumet got a Theatre Company for you! There are many avenues for students to express themselves in the performing arts: plays, improv groups, classes, and other activities. The Purdue Theatre Company, a live performance group, mounts two productions a year: a dramatic play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Students and members of the community at large are welcome to audition and participate in the productions. The Co. is a member of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation. The company’s production in spring 2010 was the world premiere of Children of the Earth by John Lisbon Wood.

Previous productions have included “Cat Hoarders Anonymous,” written by Dr. Theresa Carilli, professor in the Communication and Creative Arts department; “Off the Map,” by Joan Ackermann; Snoopy!!!; “Come Back, Little Sheba” by William Inge and “Steambath,” by Bruce Jay Friedman; “Assassins,” “Gypsy,” by Stephen Sondheim, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” based on the novel by Harper Lee. 

The Purdue Theatre Co. is thrilled to be performing in the newly designed and dedicated YJean Chambers Hall, an intimate 75 seat performance space, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Library Building. The room is named for beloved Professor Emeritus Dr. YJean Staples Chambers.

There are  opportunities for students to earn college credit for work performed during the productions. Scenic design, set construction, audio coordination, public relations work, costuming, special effects – all this and more is the great work of theatre. Contact Theresa Carilli. Phone 219-989-2628 or email


Among the courses offered in the area of theatre are:

  • THEATRE 13800 Acting I / THEATRE 23800 Acting II
  • THEATRE 20100 Theatre Appreciation
  • THEATRE 16800 Theatre Production
  • COMMUNICATION 21300 Voice and Diction
  • COMMUNICATION 43700 Performance Practicum: Directing / Playwriting