Cynthia Rider

Executive Director

Cynthia Rider

Cynthia Rider came to OSF from Kansas City Repertory Theatre, where she served as managing director since 2009. Prior to her appointment as managing director, she served as the organization’s associate director for advancement and administration for five years.

Her accomplishments at Kansas City Repertory Theatre include raising more than $7 million for a capital/endowment campaign to inaugurate the Rep’s second stage, launching an ambitious five-year strategic plan for the organization and expansion of new work development resulting in world premieres such as A Christmas Story: The Musical!, which moved to Broadway in 2012, and Venice, which was produced at New York’s Public Theater in the summer of 2013.

Cynthia’s experience also includes six years as executive director of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, where she oversaw significant growth of the organization and the establishment of an endowment fund while consistently delivering a balanced budget. 

She served as associate director, later promoted to acting director, of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership, which worked to strengthen small- and medium-sized manufacturers across the state. 

Cynthia’s theatre experience also includes time spent on the stage. She started her theatre career as a resident company member, guest artist and young company actor at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Most recently in Kansas City, she appeared in works by Kyle Hatley at the KC Fringe Festival, and was named “Best Actress” by The Pitch for her work in Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett.

Cynthia graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University.