Ryan has written, directed, and performed for regional theaters, independent production companies and dance companies throughout the East Coast. He is the recipient of the 2013 Individual Artist Commission from the New York State Council on the Arts. Ryan recently appeared in the workshop performance of Trigger and the world premiere of Slashes of Light at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. His original one-man show, June 16, received its regional premiere at KTC in April 2015 (for more acting and directing credits, visit more).
Ryan creates devised plays/productions/movement pieces that come from the lived experiences of community members. His theatrical and administrative style was a great fit in his capacity as Executive Artistic Director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, Inc. in Syracuse, NY, a position he held for three years. In a short time he reinvigorated the 34 year old Black theater and expanded their mission to include works rooted in social activism and community engagement.
Ryan has taught acting and theater courses at Colgate University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Florida, and Syracuse University. While at SU, Ryan developed and administered the Syracuse University Community Theater Initiative, a pilot program supported by the Dean's Office. As an Instructor at SU, he designed a special topics course, 'Theater for Social Change,' examining the role theater plays in mobilizing oppressed groups around the world.
Ryan pursued Black Studies in college (B.A., Fort Valley State University) and graduate school (M.A., Syracuse University). He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida. He has written for The SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, 2015 ("Gaspar Yanga Maroon Society, Veracruz, Mexico") and Syracuse New Times, 2014 ("What Ruby Dee Taught Me About Acting"). He is of member of Actors' Equity Association.