Joshua Ritter

Joshua S. Ritter, MFA, brings 14 years of experience in arts leadership and education to UNC Greensboro School of Theatre. His responsibilities include managing marketing, front of house operations, development, and the financial aspects of a complex academic theatre program. Josh directs and mentors thirty plus students on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as teaches theatre management related classes or Drama Appreciation each semester.

Before coming to UNCG, Joshua served for nine years as the Education Manager & Library Director for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT. In this position he established and vastly expanded Goodspeed’s Musical Theatre Institute, wrote the Program Notes for Goodspeed Opera House productions, and directed a team to create Goodspeed’s educational documents and multi-level lesson plans based on state and national standards for each show. He also served as the Director of the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre at Goodspeed, the only library in the world dedicated solely to musical theatre. In this position, he managed an array of educational programs for Goodspeed and regularly taught arts integrated workshops to elementary, middle and high school students throughout CT. While at Goodspeed, his other accomplishments include managing their Arts Education Collaboration, expanding the program from approximately 50 students in 2009 to more than 800 in 2018. This program continues to provide theatre access to underserved students throughout CT.

Josh also worked with a team to plan and implement Goodspeed’s Festival of New Musicals and sensory friendly performances. In his earlier career, Josh worked for WICKED on Broadway, was the box office manager for the Dorset Theatre Festival and served as a drama director and English teacher in Madrid, Spain. Josh holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and a B.A. in Theatre and Arts Administration with a minor in Philosophy. Josh has created a series of unique presentations on Musical Theatre’s greatest composers such as Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers using resources from the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre that he enjoys sharing on a regular basis.