Ryan is a playwright and theatre director originally from Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in English Literature and is now studying for an MLitt Playwriting and Screenwriting under the tuition of Zinnie Harris and Oliver Emmanuel. In addition to making work, Ryan has a proven track record in the Third Sector and is passionate about cultural leadership. He is developing an Arts practice which uses performance to help us look at the world around us and what it means to be here.
Ryan has worked with Dundee Rep and the National Theatre of Scotland, and is an alum of the Young Writers' Programme at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, where he is also a member of the JMK Directors' Group. As a writer, his work has been shown at the St Andrews' Byre Theatre, English National Opera (Lillian Baylis House), Sage Gateshead, and to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Creative Assistant, Dundee Rep Theatre (Sep 2018 - present)
Acting as Assistant Director for Lisa Williamson within the Rep’s Engage Department, working with young people on devising processes and their production of a new commission from Andy McGregor for April 2019.
Steering Group Member, FUTUREPROOF - National Theatre of Scotland (Oct 2017-Nov 2018 )
Worked with a team of young people embedded within the NTS to co-design a Scotland-wide festival of work for 2018's Year of Young People. This position involved working with ten international portfolio companies to shape their work for the FUTUREPROOF festival around communities of young people in ten locations across Scotland, as well as observing and disrupting the processes at the heart of the NTS, to better shape the organisation for its its own future.
Artistic Director/Founder of Wanton Theatre Company (2015-present)
Awarded Honorary Life Membership to the University of St Andrews' Students' Association for contribution to the Performing Arts.
Longlisted for HighTide First Commissions Scheme for atom.
Creative Director of dRAG Walk 2018, winning Collaboration of the Year at the National Student Fundraising Awards 2018.
Selected for Helios Collective’s Opera Formations 2017 at English National Opera.