Ryan Hay 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 platforms diverse voices and brings performance to communities who are statistically less engaged with the Cultural Sector - this is currently focussed on young people and people from lower-income backgrounds in particular.
Ryan has worked at Paines Plough 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 Young 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.
Steering Group Member, FUTUREPROOF - National Theatre of Scotland (Oct 2017-Oct 2018 )
I am delighted to be working 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 involves 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.
Mermaids: University of St Andrews Performing Arts Fund (Engagement Officer 2018-19, Costumes Officer 2015-16)
As well as sitting on the governing body of this fund of some £70k, helping to programme seasons of student theatre, I hold the remit of engaging students in theatre-making. I am working on a podcast interviewing Scotland's theatre-makers, running a calendar of social events, and putting together a schedule of workshops with professional theatre-makers to increase the breadth and depth of skills in St Andrews' theatre scene. As Costumes Officer I facilitated a season of costume/make-up workshops, and sat on the Management Committee for the student-run black-box Barron Theatre, ensuring that all its users' needs were met, whether they were visiting companies, student productions, or commercial bookings.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Wanton Theatre Company (2015 -
Awarded Honorary Life Membership to the University of St Andrews' Students' Association for contribution to the Performing Arts.