Professor of Theatre
Monday-Friday 10 am-12 noon by appointment only
Ronald M. Rybkowski, a native of Chicago, grew up in southern California where he received his B.A. in Theatre from Whittier College. Living in the Los Angeles area provided excellent opportunities for gaining technical experience in film, television, and theatre.
While in L.A., Rybkowski worked for a number of production companies, opened his own scene shop, and did freelance design work. Some of his designs were showcased at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre and the La Mirada Civic Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Lobero Theatre in San Luis Obispo. After five years of professional screen and stage work, Rybkowski returned to his alma mater to teach technical theatre courses, while working toward his M.F.A. degree in scene design from California State University, Fullerton.
In 1988, Rybkowski returned to the Midwest to teach at Truman State University. For the past twenty three years, Rybkowski has taught and directed at the university level, specializing in the areas of technical theatre teaching courses in stagecraft, scene design, lighting design, scenic painting and special effects.
In addition to his duties as a professor, Rybkowski is the resident scene and lighting designer and technical director of the mainstage season, having over 160 credits as director and/or designer. Rybkowski received The Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival Award for Meritorious Achievement for his scene and lighting design for A Little Night Music and for special effects for Blithe Spirit.
In 1993, Rybkowski was nominated as an Educator of the Year Finalist, an honor given by students to outstanding faculty members. Rybkowski is also a multiple recipient of the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers". Past directing credits include Hot l Baltimore and Somewhere In Between, and The Curious Savage.