About Us

The RIT Cosplay Troupe is a RIT club, full of hobbyists and actors that all share an interest in cosplay, crafts, performing arts, and geek-media. We are currently the driving force behind Cosplay Snow Festival & the internet-famous Tora-Con Chess Match. We perform many shows and events throughout the year.

We meet weekly every Friday evening at 7:30PM, so feel free to swing by and check us out! Look on our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter for all our events and for the latest information.



A membership card gives club attendees an active status. Active members are eligible to vote/run for E-Board elections, give talks, host events, access to member-exclusive discounts at various local businesses, reserve equipment, access to club supplies and tools, transportation services, as well as various other special event discounts throughout the year.

While meetings and events are open to unpaid members, only active members get the real privileges offered by RIT Cosplay Troupe. Membership allows us to give back and provide rewards to active members for aiding in the club. Membership funds are not-for-profit and are returned to the members in the form of prizes, events, giveaways, and additional expenses throughout the year.

Members are able to reserve our sewing machine, use our supplies, tools, and use our scrap fabric for templates & patterns.

Becoming a member

Membership costs $10 and is only open to RIT Students. Non-RIT students can still donate $10 to club to recieve a donor card with similar benefits to members. Membership is not required to participate in any of our events.


The Cosplay Troupe E-Board is an elected group of members who maintain and organize club. They are required to meet once a week and discuss club business and affairs. In order to be eligible to run for an Executive Board position, a person must have been a paid club member and will be an RIT student the following year.

  • President

    Erin McAnany • Game Design

  • Vice-President

    Jessica Diaz •

  • Treasurer

    Callum McLaughlin •

  • Secretary

    Meaghan Priestley •

  • Public Relations

    Salvatore Mancha •

  • Technical Manager

    Calise Jin •

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cosplay?

The term cosplay is Japanese in origin (short for "costume play"), but costume play was originally a hobby from the United States. Cosplay is an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Favorite sources include manga, anime, comic books, video games, and films. While commonly seen at anime conventions, cosplay is widespread across all geek-cultures.

Cosplay costumes vary greatly and can range from simple themed clothing to ly detailed costumes. Cosplay is generally considered different from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume wear, as the intention is to accurately replicate a specific character, rather than to reflect the culture and symbolism of a holiday event. As such, when in costume, cosplayers will often seek to adopt the effect, mannerisms and body language of the characters they portray (with "out of character" breaks).

About the Club

Cosplay Troupe was founded around our signature performance, Cosplay Chess @ Toracon. Cosplayers would write their own scripts and perform a short interaction for an audience. While still a large focus, Troupe has expanded allowing for many other activities and events throughout the year.

Our weekly meetings usually consist of a 30 minute lounge and socialization period, followed by announcements and a 'lightning talk.' Then, the meeting is concluded with interactive activities and games. We largely focus on improv games, but also teach craftsmen techniques and hold workshops. Its a great place to hang out, meet people and learn a few things along the way.

I don't cosplay, can I still come to meetings?

Yes! While wearing cosplay to meetings is encouraged, it is not a requirement. Many members even regularly attend meetings out of cosplay. We will hold cosplay specific events and shows throughout the year.

Do you perform for other convention or venues?

Yes! We love to get invited to perform at events. Usually we ask for you to help cover travel costs, and provide free admittance, but we are willing to work with you. Things we have done include cosplay laser tag bachelor parties, hosting cosplay contests or dances, and full scale productions. Please E-Mail us and ask if we can come to your event!

Can anyone join Cosplay Troupe?

Membership is only open to RIT Students who pay the $10 club due. Non-RIT and Alumni may still participate as guests at meetings and events, but only RIT students can benefit from membership.

What other events do you hold?

While we primarily focus on the Cosplay Snow Festival and Cosplay Chess Show, we do regularly hold cosplay meetups and other performances/events throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook for more info.

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You can sign up here.