Theatre and Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Game Development at Carthage College
Rick Bingen ’15 is a playwright and theatre artist, and a full-time computer science and game development professor at Carthage. He graduated from Carthage in 2015 with degrees in theatre and computer science.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“The thing I have enjoyed most in my career is the freedom to create new things, whether this is developing software, designing game features, or writing plays. I have time to think and problem solve creatively.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“Carthage allowed me to have two very distinct majors in computer science and theatre, and without that, my life would have turned out very differently. Likely, I would not have been as interested in game development without these two halves of my life combining at Carthage.”
Why did you choose Carthage?
“I chose Carthage because I knew I wanted to major in computer science, and I could also join the Theatre Department without being required to audition.”
What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?
“I wrote my first play, “Whirligig of Time,” which was just produced in Milwaukee, and I created the game development curriculum here at Carthage.”