Ryan is an internationally award-winning director and performance maker; a Chapman Tripp Award winner as New Director, multiple-time finalist in the Broadway World Awards and the Motif Theater Awards (RI), and, with a Moreteeth Award as Best Director, the first curated major award winner to emerge from outside the large regional repertory theatres in the state of Rhode Island. Best known for his long period as Artist-in-Residence with the CTC and as founder and Artistic Director with Wellington’s groundbreaking Theatre Pataphysical, Ryan has also extensively directed freelance and at the university level. Ryan’s career as a professional improviser has seen him perform across the world, with particular highlights including an evening of science fiction dystopia in Juneau, Alaska, where he grew gills and helped assassinate the narrator.
Ryan has received awards from ADSA, ATHE, UCSB, UCLA and TaPRA (UK) and was Associate Professor in Theater at Cornish College of the Arts before
taking up a position at the University of Otago. His scholarship is especially known in Law and Performance; Alfred Jarry and avant-garde theatre; and the demonisation of mental illness vis-à-vis mass shooting incidents.
Further back in his past, Ryan was the bass player (‘Andy Rourke’) for the TV3 darlings Salford Lads Club, at that stage the Southern Hemisphere’s only Smiths tribute band. In moments of psychic disorientation, Ryan silently sweeps.