RIT Players
Recognition 1995
Type Music-Related Club
Meetings Tuesdays at 8, Room 1829 in the SAU
Website https://www.rit.edu/sg/players/

The RIT Players (Players) is a music-related club on the RIT campus, one of two student-run theater groups at RIT. Through a proposal system generated and voted on by members, RIT Players produce at least two major theatrical productions per year- typically at least one musical and one play.


RIT Players was formed officially in Fall 1995, when the club’s charter was approved by Student Government. In the previous Spring quarter (1994-95), the Liberal Arts College production of “The Pajama Game” had mentioned a group calling itself “RIT Players.”

The very first production under the official RIT Players club title was RIT Players Present: “Short Plays for Tight Spaces,” in Ingle Auditorium on Parents Weekend, October 20 & 21, 1995. This program was planned as a year-long series, “A Removable Impromptu Theatre Guild Project: Eleven Plays in Rolling Repertory.” The next installment, “Random Acts of Theatre,” took place in February 1996; it featured nine short performance pieces, all directed and acted by students.

The first full-length theatre production on campus under RIT Players’ & College of Liberal Arts’ co-sponsorship was Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Jan 23 – Feb 2, 1997, directed by Peter Ferran. This was a “traveling show,” performed over two weeks in the RIT Cafeteria, Fireside Lounge, Shumway Dining Hall, and the off-campus Media Play in Southtown Plaza. The set was carted into the playing space by company members and assembled before the audience’s eyes; the stage manager called “Ready;” a small musical ensemble played; the play began. It continued to feature musical performance throughout, along with visible set and lighting changes, and the actors always in the audience’s view.

The first full-length production directed by a student was Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb 4-7, 1999, directed by Gretchen Gast, a senior Photo major, under the supervision of Peter Farren.

Currently, the RIT Players produces at least two major productions each academic school year, and one 24 Hour Show each semester, along with smaller one-acts, collaborations with other groups and/or variety shows. The Players are completely student run (save from the faculty advisor).


Past Shows

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Year Semester/Quarter* Show Title Author Director(s) Notes
2014 Fall Urinetown: The Musical Jim Simmonds (faculty), Jessica Van Giesen (co-director, student) Co-produced with COLA
2014 Spring All Shook Up Joe Natalzia & Tom Weekes (co-director), (students)
2013 Fall Rumors Paige Satterly, Leyla (co-director), (students)
2013 Fall Check, Please Nick Giordano (student)
2013 Spring Rimers of Eldritch Jerry Argetsinger (faculty), Tom Weekes (co-director, student)
2013 Winter Fuddy Meers Allie Trimboli & Paige Satterly (co-director), (students)
2012 Fall Evil Dead: The Musical! Thomas Macias & Joe Natalzia (co-director), (students)
2012 Fall "8" The Play Jerry Argetsinger (faculty) In association with NTID Performing Arts, RIT GLBT Center
2012 Spring Dog Sees God Jim Simmonds (faculty)
2011 Winter Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge Thomas Macias & Allie Trimboli (co-director), (students)
2011 Fall Welcome to Hell (a series of one-acts) Multiple student directors
2009 Fall 24 More Hours of R.I.T. Multiple Student Authors Multiple Student Directors
2009 Spring Arcadia Tom Stoppard Dr. Roger Freeman
2009 Spring True West Sam Shepard Nate Rotunno & Andrew Gibson
2009 Winter Little Shop of Horrors Alan Menken & Howard Ashman Dr. Gerald Argetsinger
2008 Winter I Hate Hamlet & The Unveiling
2008 Fall An Evening of Asimov Issac Asimov
2008 Fall 24 Hours of R.I.T. Multiple Student Authors Multiple Student Directors
2005 Spring Twelfth Night (or What You Will) William Shakespeare Peter Ferran (faculty)
2005 Winter Picasso at the Lapin Agile Steve Martin Roger Freeman (faculty) Co-produced with COLA
2004 Fall 24 Hours of R.I.T (Removable Impromptu Theatre) Multiple student authors Multiple student directors
2004 Spring Commedia Molière: Farces of Love Molière Peter Ferran (faculty) Co-produced with COLA
2002 Spring On The Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) Eric Overmyer Roger Freeman (faculty) Co-produced with COLA
2001 Fall Faking It! (a series of one-acts) Robb Badlam (Slop-Culture), Neil Simon (California Suite), David Ives (Soap Opera), A.R. Gurney Jr. (The Problem) Multiple student directors
2001 Spring You Can't Take It With You George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart Ryan Kidder (student)
2001 Winter The Sandbox, Finding the Sun Edward Albee Peter Ferran (faculty) Co-produced with COLA
2000 Fall All In The Timing David Ives Multiple student directors
  • Conversion from quarters to semesters occurred in Fall 2013

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