Ryder Thornton

Ryder Thornton
Graduate Student


Ryder Thornton is PhD candidate writing his dissertation on tragic innovation and philosophical synthesis in the plays of Eugene O’Neill. Working as a theatre artist for over 15 years, he has directed over 40 productions in the US, Eastern Europe and The Middle East. He has been teaching acting and theatre studies classes at the college level for many years and is currently a Professor of Practice at Tulane University. A former Fulbright Scholar, he graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his M.F.A. in directing from Temple University. He received additional training from The American Conservatory Theater and SITI Company. His plays have been produced in Budapest, Philadelphia and Chicago and his writing on O’Neill has been published in the Eugene O’Neill Review. He is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society, the Dramatist Guild as well as an alumnus of Directors Lab West.




THTR 1. Play Analysis

THTR 2C. Theatre in Global Contexts: Europe

THTR 5. Introduction to Acting

THTR 182 MC. Modern and Contemporary