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.

Upcoming Projects

Masters in Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies at Michigan State University

Miracle (Working Title) - Co-Lyricist/Co-Librettist with Christian Boyd and Zach Holden

Sense-Ability Ensemble Pandemic Projects


Ryan Duda lives by this motto: If a friend asks for help with a creative project, jump on board. It is this collaborative mindset that has helped Ryan forge a successful career in the arts.

As an actor, Ryan has performed professionally on stages across the country telling stories under the direction of and next to Broadway artists.  Most notably, Ryan received the Broadway World Memphis and Ostrander Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


At Michigan State University, Ryan specialized in creating new theatrical works as well as collaborating with artists of all neuro and physical abilities to push the accepted boundaries of theatre.  Upon graduation, he was awarded the College of Arts Community Partner Award and the Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence. 

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