Professor of Theatre; Theatre Department Chair
Education: BA, Anderson University, 1990; MA, Michigan State University, 1994; PhD, Bowling Green State University, 1997. At SPU since 2000.
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 in Theatre 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 musical Godspell. 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.
- “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.
Why I Teach at SPU
Andrew Ryder, Professor of Theatre; Theatre Chair
“I teach at SPU because I believe strongly in the importance of Christian liberal arts education. Studying the arts in such an environment allowed me to wrestle with important questions, because I trusted my professors and their perspectives. I work hard to develop and maintain with my students the same trust and openness to questions.”