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 2016-2017 theatre season
The 2016-2017 theatre season included productions of She Kills Monsters, Inherit the Wind and Inherit the Wind. Musical theatre productions were Of Thee I Sing, White Christmas and Once on This Island, 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]