Theatre Arts at RIT

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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

Productions

A collage of the posters for various productions of the performing groups at RIT.

Current Season

Coming Up

Past Seasons

2018-2019

April 2019
MAGIC Spell Studios, Sound Stage West

By David Munnell
Directed by Patricia Lewis Browne

A new sci-fi thriller inspired by Oedipus Rex.

Free admission. Limited seating.
*Not appropriate for children under 12.*

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November-December 2018
Panara Theatre, NTID

Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Director: Andy Head

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Klub! In this secret haven of a club, the music is loud, the dances are flashy, and the party rages on. The club's newest headliner, Sally Bowles, meets American writer Cliff Bradshaw and their lives become entwined. But as the power of the Nazi Party spreads, and Germany grows more unstable, how will the club and its patrons fare? "Cabaret" is the well-loved musical sensation that opened on Broadway in 1966 and won 8 Tony Awards that year. So leave your troubles outside, because life is beautiful at the cabaret. Not appropriate for children under 12.

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2017-2018

March 2018
University Gallery

By Aaron Posner
Director: Andy Head

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother's generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood start for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be in this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov's "The Seagull", Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all.

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November 2017
CLA's Pop-Up Black Box Theatre Tent, Pocket Park by James E. Gleason Hall

By Katherine Royal
Director: David Munnell

Michelle and Jason, two undergraduates, must determine whether a sexual encounter they shared at a party can and should be considered a sexual assault. Uneasy and hungover the following day, Michelle puts it to the both of them to independently decide the nature of their experience over the course of the final week of school before she graduates. We follow Jason and Michelle throughout this process amidst flashbacks to the night in the question. Girls Can Tell seeks to shed light on the problematic nature of school policies regarding sexual assault and the dehumanization that can occur when submitting oneself to these systems.

This production contains adult themes of a sexual nature including simulated sexual activity. Not recommended for children under 17 years of age. Trigger Warning: The topic of this play concerns a non-consensual sexual encounter.

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2016-2017

April 2017
Panara Theatre, NTID

By Hillary DePiano
Director: Melanie Blood

The Love of Three Oranges is based on a commedia dell’arte scenario by Carlo Gozzi in the eighteenth century Italy. However, that history is misleading unless you know something about commedia; the actors improvised all lines based on a given plot and their stock characters, making up dialogue that incorporated local references and topical humor along with slapstick, verbal gags and audience interaction. Our adaptation takes Hillary DePiano’s script and localizes it to RIT today, including local and topical references and performing in a local coffee shop created on the Panara stage. We hope you enjoy the sheer silliness of our presentation, but also find the power of communal laughter to distract and heal.

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November 10-13, 2016
1510 Lab Theatre, NTID

Director: Andy Head

Seven plays inspired by seven Shakespearean sonnets

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Workshops

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.

Take charge of the space in which you perform! Working with objects and boundaries, participants will gain a grounded understanding of movement principles and the laws that govern a live theatre space. Omen Sade is an actor and physical theatre creator based in New York City. He has studied classical theatre in London, commedia dell'arte in Italy and Holland, and completed graduate level physical theatre training at the celebrated École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Friday, 2 /21
6-9pm
A120/ 130, SAU

Saturday, 2 /22
10-2am
A120/ 130, SAU

In the Fall of 2020, Omen will be returning to RIT/NTID to direct a new, devised play called "SOMNIUM". After the Saturday workshop, the first round of auditions will be held for this production.

Interpreters have been requested for this workshop. This is a free workshop! Space is limited. Email awhgla@rit.edu to reserve your spot. Please note: this is a two-day workshop.

Improv Workshop
 with Megan Mack

Sponsored by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of improvisation, including "yes, and", teamwork, and making character and scenic choices in the moment. You will play theatre games and perform short scenes, while learning how to "get out of your head" and trust your instincts. Not only is improv fun, but it is a tool for life: it can make you a better listener, public speaker, and creative thinker. Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer. She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing Programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto. She performs with two sketch comedy and improv troupes—Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coal Mine.

Saturday, 2/8
11am - 1pm

Dance Lab (LBJ-1831) NTID


Interpreters have been requested for this workshop.
 This a FREE workshop!
 Space is limited.
Email awhgla@rit.edu to reserve your spot.
 

Hip Hop Dance Workshop
Sponsored by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

Sunday, 9/22
12:30-2pm
Panara Theatre, NTID

This a free workshop!

International performer and teacher James "Cricket" Colter

“Cricket” teaches at dance festivals worldwide including: the famous Bates Dance Festival in Maine, and the international SDK (Street Dance Kamp) in Europe; he has performed as a featured dancer in tv commercials, the successful Disney movie “Step Up 2 the Streets,” and music videos for recording artists such as Boyz II Men, KRS-1, Will Smith, Eve, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown; and was host of MTV Japan’s “Dreamers” television show.

Interpreters have been requested for this workshop.

PUSH Physical Theatre Workshop
Sponsored by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

Wednesday, 10/2
3-4:15pm
Panara Theatre, NTID

This a free workshop!

Intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry are the trademarks of award-winning, genre-defining PUSH Physical Theatre. Founded in Rochester, NY in 2000 by husband-and-wife team, Darren and Heather Stevenson, out of a desire to “push” the boundaries of conventional theatre, PUSH has since earned an international reputation as one of the U.S.’s leading physical theatre companies.

Interpreters have been requested for this workshop.

COLA Off-Stage Readings

For those who want to participate in a low-commitment theatre project, there is College of Liberal Arts OFF-Stage, an informal play reading series that provides RIT/NTID students, faculty, and staff opportunities to easily participate in or watch a one-night "performance" of popular pieces. The reading series is open to anyone and no prior experience is necessary. Contact Andy Head at awhgla@rit.edu for additional information.

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