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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. Rider offers a B.A. in Theatre with the option of concentrating in Performance, Theatre Studies or Technical Theatre. 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 both performing on stage and working behind the scenes.
  • 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, Shakespeare and stagecraft.
  • 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 Center Theater

Students have the choice of pursuing one of three concentrations: 

  • Performance receive rich training in preparation for pursuing a career as a professional actor.
  • Theatre Studies use their degree to pursue careers such as directors, theatre scholars or dramaturgs.
  • Technical Theatre can pursue careers as stage managers and designers.

The 2015-2016 theatre season

The 2015-2016 theatre season includes productions of The Penelopiad, Ubu Roi and Gallathea, as well as the new play festival.  Musical theatre productions are Catch Me if you Can, A Little Night Music and Spring Awakening, as well as the 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, [email protected]

Photos of recent productions

Theatre SmugMug Gallery