Ryan is a freelance playwright and theatre director from Glasgow, Scotland who works across forms from live art to opera. He holds an MA (Hons) English Literature from the University of St Andrews where he is also about to complete his MLitt Playwriting and Screenwriting under the tuition of Zinnie Harris and Oliver Emmanuel. He has worked with Dundee Rep Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, and National Theatre of Scotland, and his work has been performed at Sage Gateshead, The Byre Theatre, and ENO’s Lillian Baylis House.
Ryan is interested in exploring how performance can create meaningful connection between people, and with the world around us. His work is motivated by compassion and integrity, and he has a particular interest in new work, especially feminist, queer and ecological performance. As well as making his own work, Ryan is passionate about using his dramaturgical training to help other artists realise their ideas, and is interested in developing a socially-engaged participatory practice as a dramaturg.
As one half of Wanton Theatre Company, when Ryan is not lead artist on a project he provides dramaturgical and producing support to the artists we’re working with.