Ryder Thornton has been working as a theatre artist for over 15 years and has directed over 40 productions in the US, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He has directed and assistant directed at New City Stage Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma Theater, Waling Fish Theater, EgoPo Productions, Pennsylvania Academy of Vocal Arts, Temple Theatres, NYU, AMDA, UCSB, The Pearl Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company Inad Theatre Company, The Merlin International Theatre, White Heron Theatre Company, and many others. He also co-founded Kaibutsu, a site-specific company in Philadelphia for which he performed, wrote, and directed projects commissioned by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. As a theatre scholar, he specializes in modern tragedy, the history of directing, and the work of Eugene O'Neill. His articles have been published in the Eugene O'Neill Review and he has presented at The American Literary Association, The Comparative Drama Conference, and the International Eugene O'Neill Conference. Beyond his graduate work at Temple and UCSB, he received additional training from The American Conservatory Theater and SITI Company. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Dramatists Guild, the Eugene O'Neill Society, and an alumnus of Directors Lab West.