Theatre Arts at RIT

Setting the Stage

Whether you are under the lights on stage or you’d rather be working the lights as a force behind the scenes, getting involved in theatre at RIT is easy. With for-credit and extracurricular offerings, you’ll be sure to find classes, productions, workshops and other programs that allow you to incorporate theatre experiences into your time at RIT. Expert faculty and instructors will help you grow in your understanding of theatre, and joint theatre seasons between RIT and NTID provide opportunities to perform in unique and inclusive ways.

Theatre Minor and Immersion

As part of their bachelor’s degree requirements, RIT students must complete an immersion—a concentration of three courses in a particular area. Undergraduate students also have the option of completing a minor, which can complement their major or enable them to pursue an area of personal interest.

Theatre Arts Minor
Theatre Arts Immersion

Performing Arts Certificate

NTID Department of Performing Arts offers a special certificate in performing arts that documents the academic training students receive while actively participating in Performance or Technical Theatre activities.

NTID Performing Arts Certificate

Theatre Courses

There’s nothing like the thrill of a live performance. Whether you’re a participant in the planning, a key player in the execution, or an enthralled member of the audience, you’re a part of something special. At RIT, all aspects of what goes into planning and executing a performance are covered, ensuring that when it’s time for the show to go on, you’ll be ready.

Theatre Courses


Each semester, the RIT Theatre Arts Program offers a variety of theatrical events including guest artist workshops and informal play readings. We believe that students truly benefit from multiple artistic perspectives, so we invest in bringing working theatre professionals to campus for workshops that are both engaging and educational.

Theatre Groups

RIT Players

RIT Players is a student-run theatre group. From the acting, directing, and choreography to the set construction, lighting, and sound, RIT students are the driving force behind our productions.

Learn more about RIT Players

Sunshine 2.0

Sunshine 2.0 is a professional traveling theatre troupe based at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The troupe provides performances and activities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults that highlight the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), as well as educational topics pertaining to the Deaf experience.

Learn more about Sunshine 2.0