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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

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

  • January 20, 2022

    man speaking at podium.

    RIT’s annual Let Freedom Ring event rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1

    RIT’s annual Let Freedom Ring event has been rescheduled to take place from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Ingle Auditorium. The event was originally planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but was rescheduled when RIT closed due to a powerful winter storm.

  • December 15, 2021

    side-by-side portraits of Andy Head and Jill Bradbury.

    Podcast: Making the Performing Arts Inclusive and Accessible 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 54: Jill Bradbury, chair of the Department of Performing Arts in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Andy Head, assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, discuss what the recent collaboration between the theater departments of NTID and CLA will mean, including more inclusive and accessible theater experiences for audience members with varying disabilities.