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Ryder Thornton Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University

Ryder Thornton

Professor of Practice


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
MFA, Temple University


Ryder Thornton has been working as a theatre artist for over 20 years and has directed over 40 productions at venues throughout the US and abroad. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatist Guild. He recently directed Machinal for Tulane, which received a Big Easy Award for Best University Production. As a theatre scholar, he specializes in modern tragedy, the history of directing, and the work of Eugene O’Neill. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences. Beyond his graduate work at Temple and UCSB, he received additional training from The American Conservatory Theater and SITI Company. He is the current director of the Strategy, Leadership and Analytics Minor (SLAM).