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Thiel College performing arts professor and department chair Pete Rydberg granted tenure


Thiel College performing arts professor and department chair Pete Rydberg granted tenure

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., was recently awarded tenure.

Rydberg has been with Thiel College since 2013. He was named the chair of the Department of Music and Theatre in 2017 and has directed 17 productions at Thiel College.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree speech and theatre from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minn.) and trained at the National Theater Institute (Waterford, Conn.), he received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a theater researcher specializing in theater for young audiences.

Rydberg—the Director of the Thiel Players—teaches courses including history, improvisation, acting, and musical theater performance; and he designs and stages multiple productions each year. In addition, Rydberg serves as an academic advisor for Alpha Psi Omega, Thiel’s honorary theater fraternity and helped organized and lead study abroad trips to Greece (2019) and Australia and New Zealand (2018). In 2016, he was certified by the Society of American Fight Directors in unarmed, rapier and dagger, broadsword. Rydberg is also a member of several Thiel College committees and advises many student organizations.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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