Ryan is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Actor's Equity Association (AEA). He has enjoyed working in Regional Theatre, having played such roles as Hamlet in Hamlet, Happy in Death of a Salesman, Jimmy in Look Back in Anger, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Hal in Proof, Edgar in King Lear, Kevin in Bad Evidence and ALL OF THE ROLES in A Midsummer Night's Dream (yes, even Hermia, Titania, and Helena!)
* Ovation Awards - Winner - Best Play ** LA Drama Critics Circle Awards - Nomination - Best Play
Ryan most recently directed a production of RICHARD III at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.
Ryan lives in NYC, where he recently directed acclaimed productions of The Winter’s Tale and A View from the Bridge. He has directed at the Workshop Theater Co., Secret Theatre, Skirball Center for Performing Arts, Manhattan Theater Source, Ojai Shakespeare Festival, and Long Beach Opera Institute. Ryan has taught acting and Shakespeare privately, at NYU, Lee Strasburg institute and California State University Long Beach.
Ryan has been teaching for over fifteen years with classes in:
Monologue & Scene Study
Acting for the Opera
He is originally from California, but has been living and working in New York City since 2006 where he became the Artistic Director of FutureStage a theatre education program funded by Fidelity Investments that teaches playwriting and works with Broadway producer Richard Frankel Productions to produce the students' original plays for one night at an Broadway theatre. (Click here for press articles on the FutureStage program.) He has been a teaching artist at LEAP andQueens Theatre since 2006 and was the Shakespeare teacher for the Junior Class at Tisch for New York University at the Lee Strasberg Institute for two years, and at California State University, Long Beach. Ryan also taught at Stagedoor Manor where he directed several stage productions and taught Master Acting, Shakespeare, Auditioning, Improvisation, and Directing. He has also directed and taught atLong Lake Camp for the Arts and Rocky Mountain Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
Prior to his move to New York, Ryan was the Education Director of the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, directed several of their productions, and served one season as the festival's Artistic Director. Ryan also was an adjunct professor inThe Opera Institute at California State University Long Beach, where he taught acting classes to opera singers and directed their operas. He has also taught master acting classes for the Young Artists Program at thePortland Opera and San Francisco State University. He was on staff at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, where he taught classes and workshops in Shakespeare, scene & monologue study, and character development.