Performing Arts

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Performing Arts

Theatre is a liberal art and engenders a synthesis of critical and creative thinking that is the foundation to lifelong learning and personal excellence in any field.  Interdisciplinary by nature, the theatre degree program offers an excellent and well-rounded liberal arts education.

Through study, service, and interdisciplinary exchange, undergraduate students define their place as theatre artists within the greater community.  Students are encouraged to produce contemporary and classic work of relevance to their unique audience, to promote and contribute to the vitality of the arts in our region, and to honor the remarkable cultural diversity of our constituency through civic engagement.

Program Highlights

All IU Northwest theatre faculty members have earned graduate degrees in their respective fields and hold active memberships in the various professional organizations in their specialties including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

The theatre program is known for offering classes with a high level of student/teacher interaction.  The program emphasizes individual attention with abundant opportunities for personal exploration and growth.  Responsibilities and expectations increase according to each student’s creative and academic progress, but students at all grade levels act direct, design, stage manage, research, critique, and produce theatre art in close collaboration with faculty, student peers, and respected visiting artists.

In addition to our program highlights, the Performing Arts Department is now housed in the new Arts & Sciences Building which opened in Fall of 2017. The building houses a 500-seat proscenium theater and a more intimate 100-seat Studio Theatre, both with state-of-the-art technology. To learn more about our new facility please read about it here.

  • Arts Management
  • Directing
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Stage Management
  • Educational Theatre

For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for Performing Arts to learn degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the Performing Arts Department at IU Northwest!

Office Hours


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Performing Arts Student Advising

(By Appointment)

Mark Baer
(219) 980-6809

Dean, School of the Arts

David Klamen
(219) 980-6813


Sherry Lynn Sweeney
(219) 980-6810

Fax Number

(219) 981-4224

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
Performing Arts Department
Arts & Sciences 2025
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408

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