Program Overview

For over half a century, the theatre department at Rider has held a rich tradition of providing students with extensive training in the theatre arts. In addition to a full array of theatre coursework, six main-stage productions each year give students a wide variety of experiences and opportunities. As a theatre major at Rider, students have the choice of pursuing a musical theatre, design & technology or contemporary theatre practice track. All three tracks allow you the ability to add a second major or minor.

  • Musical theatre majors receive an education in the various areas necessary to develop as a professional musical theatre performer.  
  • Design & technology majors are offered a wide range of courses in the various aspects of theatre production.
  • Contemporary theatre practice majors use their degree to pursue careers as educators, directors, playwrights, producers and dramaturgs.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

Our program prepares students for all aspects of life in the theater. You’ll learn from professionally active faculty whose backgrounds include directing and design experience, acting on Broadway, as well as commercial and voice-over work.

From Passion to Profession

Not all careers in theatre require you to take center stage. Rider’s well-rounded training prepares students for a wide range of careers essential to theatre production.

Common Careers

  • Stage Designer: Costumes, Lighting, Scenery, Projections and Sound
  • Community arts workers
  • Elementary or secondary education teacher
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Arts administration

Develop Your Artistic Discipline

Rider’s vibrant student-production organization, The Broncway, presents a variety of productions each year, giving students a wide variety of experiences and opportunities to perform on stage and work behind the scenes.

Our graduates have booked national tours, enrolled in graduate school, created their own theatre companies, become theatre educators and more!

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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By forging my own path and pursuing an individualized approach to my education, my four years at Rider were enriched with personal growth, creative freedom, and academic fulfillment."
Nicole Sheehan '16

From Artist to Executive

Take your artistic ability to the next level and become a leader in the arts and culture industries by earning an M.A. in Arts Management & Executive Leadership in as few as 11-15 months.


Theatre (B.A.)

Sean McCarther

Associate Professor

Omega House

smccarther [at]

(609) 921-7100 x8301

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