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.
About Thiel College
Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. 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 as it celebrates 150 years.