B.A. in Theatre with a Technical Theatre Concentration

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Are you a prospective theatre major with an interest in behind-the-scenes action?

Earn a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Technical Theatre

Our new Technical Theatre program offers well-rounded training in all aspects of technical, stage management and design expertise. Develop an understanding and mastery of skills needed for work in local community, regional and professional theater in such careers as:

  • Set designer
  • Model builder
  • Makeup artist
  • Costume designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Stage manager
  • Stage technician
  • Sound technician
  • Set builder, painter, carpenter
  • Prop maker
  • Lighting operator

Program Highlights

  • Exposure to and hands-on work in all facets of the theatrical experience
  • Easy access to two leading centers of theatre: New York City and Philadelphia
  • Opportunities to hone your skills working on six annual campus main stage theatre productions — including three musicals — plus three operas and two cabarets, as well as student productions, “black box” theatre and performing dance ensembles
  • Master classes with technical theatre professionals
  • Internship and contract work opportunities through Rider’s strong relationships with area professional theaters, including the McCarter Theater in Princeton, the Passage Theater in Trenton and the Riverside Theater (Bristol, PA)
  • Increased marketability with the opportunity to double major in such area as arts administration, dance and education

Admission Interview with Faculty

All Technical Theatre applicants will be required to complete an admission interview with the faculty.  We recommend that you bring the following to the interview:

  1. Current resume of your recent performance and/or technical activities
  2. A portfolio containing pictures, photos, drawings, drafting, programs or sketches you have used to execute and/or document your work. Include work in progress or finished products. The portfolio should include a minimum of 1-2 photos per show and no more than 8 photos per show.  The portfolio can also include other types of work that shows skills using tools, drawing, sketching, drafting, or image editing. For stage managers, please include samples of paperwork used to organize and run rehearsals.

If you cannot attend an on-campus interview you may complete a Skype or phone interview.

All applicants will be contacted about scheduling the interview once we have received the application for admission.

Learn more

To take advantage of this exciting new theatre concentration, contact the Office of Admission at 609-896-5042 or 800-257-9026.