In 2016, Ryan, along with Dionne O'Dell, Kathryn Stahl, and Evan Phillips began devising an original musical written specifically for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. This project became Farm! A Musical Experience, the first university produced musical of its kind, that premiered April 21st, 2017 at Michigan State University. Farm!  launched a tour to Michigan schools in 2018-19 and was hosted by Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  In 2019,  the team reunited as Sense-Ability Ensemble collaborating with architects from the University of Michigan to create another original sensory-exploratory musical, POND, utilizing the medium of interactive fabric. 

Ryan's teaching artist experience includes 4th Wall Theatre Company, an organization specializing in performing arts classes for individuals with intellectual disabilities; and Wharton Center for Performing Arts, administering many of their outreach programs. Other credits in arts education: Playhouse on the Square, Michigan State University, Marquis Theatre, Lansing Public Schools, Holt Public Schools, Dewitt Public Schools, and Northville Public Schools. More info can be found on his Teaching Artistry page.

Where to see Ryan next?

Maples Rep - June-August 2020

The Phantom of the Country Opera

You Can't Take It With You

Theatre  Buford - April 2020



Touring with Georgia Ensemble Theatre's Theatre for Youth Tour

August 2019 - May 2020

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Tuck Everlasting

Aesop's Fables

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank


Stepping onto the stage for the first time as an eleven-year-old, wearing a cringe-worthy, sequined, American flag vest, Ryan knew that his life-long passion was theatre.

Since then Ryan has been forging a successful career in the arts. He has performed on stage with Broadway/New York artists including Hannah Elless, Wade McCollum, Katie Thompson, Justin Sargent, and Carrie Manolakos; and worked under the direction of Broadway professionals such as Marshall Pailet, Jen Werner, Joe Barros, and Adam Cates. He has also workshopped new musicals such as For Tonight and Ryan Scott Oliver's We Foxes. After receiving his BFA from Michigan State University, Ryan joined Playhouse on the Square's Associate Acting Company in Memphis, TN. There, Ryan received the Broadway World Memphis Award and Ostrander nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of  Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Currently, Ryan resides in Atlanta, GA.

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