Ryan is a lighting and projection designer and is a recent graduate of Yale University, having majored in Computing and the Arts with a focus in Theater Studies. His studies have focused on the intersection of theatre, art, light, and technology. His work experiences have included time at the 70th Annual Tony Awards, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and he is spending the summer of 2019 at Williamstown Theatre Festival as a Lighting Design intern. He is a proud member of the Yale Dramatic Association and served on the Executive Board during the 2017-18 school year. In 2019, Ryan was a finalist for the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing and Creative Arts at Yale University.
As we stand, the American theater is a mostly commercial theater. And as we stand, the commercial theater could be said to have a "look."
We must expand the boundaries of commercial theater. We must support non-traditional companies and works with our funds, time, and talents.
Non-traditional works often look different: risks are taken that are not afforded when profit is at the forefront.
I want to pull these worlds together. New works. Innovative theatrical design. In the commercial space.
We must take steps to merge these worlds together, and make a collective shift towards redefining what American theater can look like.