Profile: Michele Rittenhouse

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Michele Raper Rittenhouse is Managing Director of Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Arts Program.  She received her M.F.A. in playwriting from Mason Gross School of Arts and her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi.  She teaches at Rutgers Newark, Principles of Playwriting, Drama Writing for TV, Living Theatre, Page to Stage, and Special Topics: Playmaking for Actors and Directors.  At NJIT she teaches a Humanities Capstone: Theatre and Technology which is a writing intensive course that interacts with Rutgers-Newark Production Lab set construction class.  She is actively involved with the joint program curriculum development, works with the New York Abingdon Theatre Company in play development, and has coordinated a playwrights¡¯ forum at the Playwrights Horizon School.  Her own plays have been developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O¡¯Neill Theater Center under the artistic direction of Lloyd Richards, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the Abingdon Theatre¡¯s Playwrights Group.  She is a recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship, New Century Writers, the Nat Horne New Playwrights Festival, and The Avy Award of New Jersey (4).  Her plays have been presented at the following theatres:  Lincoln Center-Bruno Walter Auditorium, Joseph Papp¡¯s NY Public Theatre-Free at Three Series, Abingdon Theatre Company, Access Theatre Company, Nat Horne Theatre, The Coast Playhouse ¨C LA, Dougherty Art Center-Austin, Mary Moody Northen Theatre-Austin, Nomad Theatre-Boulder, New Jersey Institute of Technology-Newark, NJ, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Newark campuses.