Pete Rydberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music & Theater, Department Chair
Dr. Rydberg (“Pete” to his colleagues and students) received his undergraduate training at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and the National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT). He received his Masters Degree and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a theater researcher specializing in Theater for Young Audiences.
Prior to his appointment at Thiel College, Rydberg was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Music at Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI. He had also served as a lecturer of theatre history, theatre pedagogy and drama in education at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and Director of the Thiel Players, Rydberg teaches courses including history, improvisation, acting, and musical theater performance; and he designs and stages multiple productions each year. He also teaches for the Presentational Literacy core curriculum (INDS 100). In addition, Rydberg serves as an academic adviser for Alpha Psi Omega, Thiel's honorary theater fraternity.