For over half a century the Theatre department at Rider University has had a rich tradition in educating students and preparing them for all aspects of a life in theater. Exciting courses, inspirational and motivating faculty, abundant theater facilities, and a strong arts community all come together to give Theatre students at Rider a personalized and challenging education.

  • Six productions each year give students a wide variety of experiences and opportunities
  • Course work includes the study of Hagen, Meisner, Adler, Alexander and Chekov techniques, as well as specialized study in voice, movement, script analysis, history, directing and Shakespeare.
  • A professionally active faculty whose backgrounds include directing and design experience nationwide; acting on Broadway, with national tours and regional theater companies, on film and screen, as well as commercial and voice-over work.
  • State of the art facilities include:
    • The Yvonne Theater
    • The Spitz Studio Theater
    • Bart Luedeke Arts Center

As a Theatre major at Rider, students have the choice of pursuing a Performance focus or a Theatre Studies focus. Performance majors receive rich training in preparation for pursuing a career as a professional actor. Theatre Studies majors use their degree to pursue careers as: directors, theatre scholars, stage managers, dramaturgs and designers.

The 2014-2015 theatre season includes productions of A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Machinal, The Praying Mantis, as well as Fall and Spring New Play Festivals.  Musical theatre productions are Lucky Stiff, ZM, All Shook Up, as well as Fall and Spring Cabarets.

Alpha Psi Omega- coed fine arts society - National Site
An honorary theatre fraternity that supports the main stage theatre seasons, hosts social events for students and brings in professional artists for master classes.

Advisor: Trent Blanton,

Photos of recent productions

Theatre SmugMug Gallery