Since 2006, PNC’s theatre program has been directed by Dr. Paul Hecht of the Department of English and Modern Languages. As a scholar and teacher of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, Hecht has directed a series of plays from this period, including the tragedies Julius Caesar (2010) and Macbeth (2009), and the comedies As You Like It (2008) and Every Man in His Humor (2007), the last by Ben Jonson, a friend and contemporary of Shakespeare.
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Mainstreet Theatre, FPG
Our main spring production takes place at Mainstreet Theatre, in Michigan City, a straight drive nine miles up Route 421 from the Westville campus. Mainstreet Theatre is a 100-seat venue with professional lighting and sound, and the accumulated costumes and sets from thirty years of professional theatre.
Mainstreet is busiest in the summer, when it hosts an uninterrupted series of productions as the Canterbury Summer Theatre; there are also other shows throughout the year.
Getting Academic Credit for work in Theatre
Currently there is no Theatre major or minor at PNC, but you can still get credit toward graduation from your work in theatre.
In the spring, two courses are offered: Theatre 34700, which offers two credits for work in the cast or crew, and Theatre 34800, which offers three credits for involvement in the spring production, as well as participation in an 8-week introduction to acting and Renaissance theatre. The course runs in January and February, before rehearsals for the spring production begin in March.
Contributing to Theatre at PNC
Your support makes all the difference to us, and donations of any size are welcome. Make checks out to Purdue University North Central and be sure to specify “Theatre” in the memo line. Send checks to:
Office of Advancement
Purdue University North Central
1401 South US Highway 421