The Communication and Creative Arts department at PNW typically produces two productions a year. The department hosts a play in the fall and in the spring they host a musical. Shows are directed by faculty and/or students and the productions are cast with PNW students.

PNW students, faculty, staff and local community members are encouraged to attend.

Previous Productions

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Ken Ludwig

Directed by

Eric Shea


Alumni Hall


  • James Rhoten
  • Elie Fedrick
  • Aliana Quiñones
  • Ciara Black
  • Nick Baca
  • Laila London
  • Michael Casner
  • Chris Canul
  • Zoe Gappa
  • Sidney Wade
  • Orlando Ortega

Promotional poster for Ceviche in Pittsburgh


Jose Catro-Urioste

Directed by

Brizeida Bueno


  • Bradley Bieniak
  • Brizeida Bueno
  • Jayden Eckhart


Y Jean Chambers Hall (SULB 353)

Illustration of a cat going into a room labeled book club that has a body on the floor

The PNW Theatre Organization put on a one-act play by Carlos Reyes on April 20 and 21, 2022.

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In a law office, several employees argue over the news that a rhinoceros is trampling through the town square. Is this true? Is it a hoax?

Although Eugene Ionesco wrote this play in 1959, in our world it can be challenging to understand if something is a conspiracy, a fact, an alternative fact, or a delusion.

The play explored ideas of mob mentality, cultural conformity, mass movements and fascism.


Rhino: Act II
By Eugene Ionesco

Directed by dado
Music by Jenne Carey


  • Kira Lisle
  • Tayvia Wilson
  • Ethan Bukowski
  • Dylan Root
  • Matthew Zipko
  • Sebastian Macias
  • Luis Gamble
  • Raquel McCafferty

Thank you to the amazing cast and crew!

Beauty and the Beast at Purdue Northwest 2019.

Thank you to the amazing cast, crew and all of our wonderful audience members for a very successful run of Beauty and the Beast!

by Tennessee Williams  |  Directed by Morgan McCabe

Cast List

  • Blanche – Laura Riggle
  • Stella – Laura Pankowski
  • Stanley – Ranen Toosley
  • Mitch – Matthew Ruiz
  • Eunice – Irie Crouch
  • Steve – Ryan Graan
  • Pablo/Young Man/Doctor – Nathan Stevens
  • Woman/Nurse – Vanessa Matthews

Production Staff

  • Director – Morgan McCabe
  • Assistant Director – Ryan Graan
  • Production Coordinator – Lise Manon Martine Dary
  • PR and Publicity – Mohammed Alsulaiman
  • Lighting Designer – Rebecca Ashby
  • Set Designer – Steven Mayersky
  • Sound Designer – So Min Park
  • Costume Designer – Irie Crouch
  • Props – Justin Lara

Directed by Michele Gustin  |  Music Direction by Trish Hales

Based on the Comic Strip “PEANUTS” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson
Originally Directed in New York by Joseph Hardy

A Comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson  |  Directed and Designed by Zachary Gipson

A frantically funny, Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic.

This time around, the legendary legend, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an everscheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull’s-eye; a gold-hoarding, badguy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured “Town’s Gal” who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not. Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you’ve got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won’t soon forget!


Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.