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Tigers Helping Tigers

A virtual fundraising event on June 25 featuring performing artists. 

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COVID-19 impact on performing arts.

The show must go on, perhaps even virtually!
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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.



students participate in performing arts each year


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


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 Innovative Maker and Learning Complex

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 Innovative Maker and Learning Complex

Performing Arts Center

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 Upcoming Performing Arts Center

Gabi and Tori performing on stage

Dr. Munson’s Performing Arts Challenge

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

  • November 20, 2020

    seven dancers performing on a stage.

    ‘Spoon River Anthology’ finds life at RIT

    A story written 100 years ago featuring epitaphs from dozens of deceased individuals is finding life this week as Spoon River Anthology premieres Saturday virtually on YouTube for the fall production from NTID.

  • November 4, 2020

    poster for RIT College of Liberal Arts presents SOMNIUM, conceived and directed by Omen Sade.

    ‘SOMNIUM’ merges performing arts and video gaming at RIT

    Physical distancing and the inability to perform in front of a live audience during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the cast and director of SOMNIUM, which premieres online Friday. SOMNIUM features actors and a green screen, which provides a virtual reality space allowing the audience to participate.

  • October 23, 2020

    group of students on a stage holding a giant novelty check.

    Applications for Dr. Munson’s Performing Arts Challenge being accepted

    Video applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Dr. Munson’s Performing Arts Challenge, to be held virtually during Feb. 5 at FreezeFest. RIT President David Munson created the challenge to spotlight and encourage RIT students involved in performing arts to show their diverse talents.

  • October 16, 2020

    jack-o-lanterns lined up along an outdoor track.

    Tiger Alumni Week offers dozens of virtual activities

    Virtual reunions, interactive programs, talks, a 5K, e-Sports, and even Tiger Trivia are just some of the dozens of events slated for Tiger Alumni Week, beginning Monday for RIT alumni, students, families, faculty, and staff.