Andrew Ryder


Professor of Theatre
Chair of Theatre
B.A., Anderson University, 1990
M.A., Michigan State University, 1994
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1997

Office: McKinley Hall 201

Andrew Ryder leads the Theatre Education program at Seattle Pacific. In 1997, after earning his doctorate, he began teaching theatre at Fresno Pacific University, where he taught until he joined the faculty at SPU in 2000.

Dr. Ryder is a member of the board of the Winifred Ward Memorial Fund, and works on spiritual development disability ministry and arts initiatives at Bothell United Methodist Church. With the Northwest team of the American Theatre Archive Project, he works with local professional theatre companies to develop and implement archival plans and procedures.  His publications have appeared inTheatre Annual, Performing Arts Resources, The Western States Theatre Review, and Platform. He is a regular respondent to area theatre productions through the American College Theater Festival, and is the Washington state representative for the American Alliance for Theatre in Education (AATE).

At SPU, Dr. Ryder teaches “Playscript Analysis,” “Play Directing,” “History of Theatre 1,” “History of Theatre 2,” “Theatre Education,” and “Theatre and Drama: Tragedy.” He also directs one mainstage show per season. Two of his directorial favorites on SPU’s mainstage have been Sophocles’ Antigone and the musicalGodspell. His research interests are currently focused on best practices in theatre education, the intersections between arts education and special education, and pacifist theatre during World War II. Dr. Ryder and his wife have two sons.

Selected Publications

“Comic Catharsis: The Power of Pacifist Performance.”  The Western States Theatre Review 21 (2015).

“Here on the Edge: Community-Building Theatre During World War II.”Platform eJournal of Theatre and Performing Arts 5.2 (2011).

“To the Heart of It: American Theatre from Hedgerow to the Oregon Coast.” Theatre Annual 63 (2010): 28–46.

“‘Living from Moment to Moment’: Kermit Sheets, Theatre, and the Fine Arts at Waldport, 1942–1946.” The Western States Theatre Review 16 (2010).

Please see Dr. Ryder’s CV for more publications and other information.