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

Ryder Thornton

Senior Professor of Practice – Theatre


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


Ryder Thornton is a theatre artist and scholar who has directed over 50 productions at venues throughout the US and abroad, including devised and site-specific theatre. His recent directing credits include Two Elizas, Mr. Burns—A Post-Electric Play, Antigone (translated by Anne Carson), Melancholy Play, and Machinal, which received A Big Easy Award for Best University Production. He has directed and assisted directors at New City Stage Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma Theater, EgoPo Productions, Pennsylvania Academy of Vocal Arts, Temple Theaters, NYU, AMDA, UCSB, The Pearl Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, The Merlin International Theatre, White Heron Theatre Company, Luna Stage and many others. His work also includes produced translations, adaptations, and original plays. His research interests include philosophy in modern tragedy and ritual theories of drama. He is the author of Transfiguring Tragedy: Schopenhauer, Stirner, and Nietzsche in Eugene O’Neill’s Early Plays. His articles and reviews have been published in the Eugene O’Neill Review, and he regularly attends national and international conferences. He holds an MFA from Temple University, a Ph.D. from UCSB, and received additional training from American Conservatory Theatre and SITI Company. He is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society, the Dramatist Guild, and an alumnus of Directors Lab West. He teaches courses in theater studies and performance.