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Tigers Helping Tigers

A virtual fundraising event on June 25 featuring performing artists. 

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Expression for Everyone

Performing arts at a university known around the world for its excellence in science and tech? You better believe it. By combining the constantly innovative nature of technology with traditional art and performance, we are breaking new ground in the realm of artistic experience.

Statistics

1,000+

students participate in performing arts each year

27

theater, dance, music, or other arts organizations perform on campus

60

music and theater courses are offered at RIT

Engineers pursue performance, techies tackle the humanities, and artists learn to code.

RIT students singing on stage.

RIT students singing on stage.

Performing Arts Scholarship

You're interested in more than just your major. You have a love and a talent for singing, acting, dancing, or playing music. At RIT, we not only hope you'll continue participating in the performing arts, we absolutely encourage it through the Performing Arts Scholarship.

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Upcoming Facilities

The SHED

The Student Hall for Exploration and Development (the SHED), a 100,000-plus-square-foot facility, will become the epicenter of what RIT represents with a huge makerspace, a black-box theater, a dance studio, and music rehearsal spaces.

Learn more about the Student Hall for Exploration and Development

Music Performance Theater

Design of a two-theater complex has just begun. The smaller theater with approximately 800 seats will house musical theater, including a historic organ. We seek to add a 1,500-seat orchestra hall for larger audiences in a second phase.

Learn more about the Music Performance Theater

Gabi and Tori performing on stage

Ovation: RIT Performing Arts Showcase

Message from the President

David Munson

RIT is striving to develop the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors. We are seeking the most talented and creative students who can continue their passions for music, dance, theater, and the arts. RIT is a place where you can exercise your multiple talents, satisfy your thirst for learning and for doing, and experiment along the way. We’re always on to something. And we’re having fun along the way.

Dr. David C. Munson Jr.
RIT President

Portraits of Performance

Two RIT performers dancing on stage.

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Performing Arts News

  • May 13, 2022

    student wearing a black shirt and rainbow tie-dyed overalls.

    72 paths to a well-rounded student

    While many colleges and universities require general education courses, RIT’s immersion requirement takes it a step further. Beyond the typical writing, math, science, social science, global studies, art, and ethics requirements, students are asked to fulfill an additional nine credits in a topic of interest. The intended result is to produce well-rounded students who have gained broader, more diverse perspectives.

  • May 9, 2022

    radio station logo with white letters and orange rim

    WITR relaunches with a new look and sound

    RIT’s student-run radio station, WITR-FM (89.7), is getting a makeover with a new music format, logo, website, and later this year, a boost in transmission power.

  • May 2, 2022

    woman conducting an orchestra.

    RIT’s performing arts teachers come with impressive backgrounds

    As RIT prepares to open a School of Performing Arts, the new instructors that will come with the school will join an already talented pool of faculty and staff members who have been helping students eager to pursue their passions of music, dance, and acting, for years.