ABOUT ME... 

I am actor.  I was born in Dubuque, Iowa and grew up on a farm.

ABOUT ME

I am a freelance actor, director, and teaching artist.  Originally from Dubuque, IA, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting & Theatre Performance and minor in Music.  I have over 40 acting roles to my credit in stage, film, and television. Some of my favorites have included THE ZOO STORY (Jerry), [TITLE OF SHOW] (Hunter), CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine), ON THE VERGE (Grover, Yeti, Troll, Gus), and repelling 30-feet onto the set of BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Ron).  I have presented workshops at the Iowa Thespian Festival, adjudicated acting and musical theatre for IHSSA, premiered my one-man short-play at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, was Instructor of Acting & Movement at Sturgis Youth Theatre, and was technical director for the Dubuque Fine Arts Players.  I have recently directed Trainwreck Productions' THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, UNI’s inaugural Bard-in-the-Yard Production, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, University of Dubuque's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Loras College's world premiere musical THE AMAZING HI-LOWS.  Currently, I am a Managing Editor and Features Writer for Julien’s Journal.  I am also the Artistic Director of Trainwreck Productions, on the board of directors for the Nash Gallery, and the Instructor of the Theatre Arts at Dubuque Area Arts Collective. In my free time, I am a writer, busker, and guest/backup drummer with jazz ensemble 'Round Midnight.

MY ASPIRATIONS

- To earn a Master of Fine Arts in Acting
- To build a relationship with a professional, resident company as a classical actor
- To teach university students coursework in Acting, Voice, and Movement
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As a member of the UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), I became the association's first Marketing Director in my first semester at UNI, eventually becoming a Marketing & Development Director.  I served on the board as Secretary for UNISTA's 15th season and as President (similar to a Producing Artistic & Managing Director) for the 16th season, leading our student members and their productions.  I increased our number of mainstage and staged reading productions while maintaining our outstanding quality.  During my time as President, UNISTA was nominated for Student Organization of the Year, received a commendation from the Iowa Thespian Society, and tripled government funding from $1,700 to $5,100.  I was inducted into Theta Alpha Phi/Alpha Psi Omega and served as Business Manager (Treasurer) for 2012/13.I am an actor, director, musician, teacher, writer, and arts manager from Dubuque, Iowa.  I recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, College of Humanities and Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre: Performance-Acting and minor in Music.

During my semester-long stays in Cedar Falls, I was a busy actor at Strayer-Wood Theatre, The Interpreters Theatre, UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), OnMedia Advertising, and recently performed on the stage of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in an original, one-man short play Awake in the Dark for 'Remembrance 9-11: 10 Years Later.' 

In addition to acting and directing, I have a lot of experience in arts administration and management.  Recently, I was the Assistant Director of Marketing and Resident House Manager at Strayer-Wood Theatre.  As a charter member of Alpha Psi Omega, Theta Alpha Phi chapter - a national theatre and academic honor society - I currently serve as the 2011/12 Business Manager and chaired the UNI Rocky Horror Event and our chapter's national initiation registration in addition to being apart of our many service and outreach programs.

As a member of the UNI Student Theatre Association (UNISTA), I became the association's first Marketing Director in my first semester at UNI.  While I continued to work on the association's multiple productions as Marketing Director and Grant Coordinator, I have served as board Secretary and as this past season's President (similar to a Producing Artistic & Managing Director) leading our student members and their productions.  This season, I increased our number of mainstage and staged reading productions while maintaining our outstanding quality.  In fall 2010, I was the concept-creator, co-director, and an actor in UNISTA's first recorded devised project Alice in the Underground, and am directed this spring's first Bard-in-the-Yard Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  UNISTA was nominated for UNI's Student Organization of the Year and received a commendation from the Iowa Thespian's Society during my time as president.  My administration also tripled our student government funding from $1,700 to $5,100 for the 2012/13 season.

In Dubuque, I have enjoyed performing in the community theatre and indie-film scene and spending time with the talented and amazing people of Fly-by-Night Productions, the Grand Opera House, the Dubuque Fine Art Players, Dubuque Art Theatre, Great River Film Initiative (GRiFIn), and Creative Maxims, LLC.

In 2008, I became the Founding Artistic Director of Trainwreck Productions.  We specialize in producing avant-garde, experimental, original, and devised work in found-spaces.  We have enjoyed three summers of providing Dubuque with unique theatrical productions for free and reduced rate admissions.

In wintertimes, I am privileged to adjudicate acting and musical theatre competitions for the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) and have also judged for the Julien Film Festival's Get Reel competition.

I hope to soon move to a theatre-industry city to work and pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.  I hope to have parallel careers as both an actor/director, and eventually, an acting professor.  I am deeply excited by physical theatre and mechanics of the human body.  I want to explore these interests and specialize in stage combat, clowning, circus, mask, Commedia dell'Arte, and other physical theatre branches.  I hope to use these skills and theatrics as a means of deepening myself as a captivating and truthful actor.

As a teacher, I have taught classes and presented workshops for the Iowa Thespian Festival, Scouts of Western Illinois/Eastern Iowa, the Great River Film Initiative.  This past semester, I was employed as an Instructor of Acting and Movement Teacher at Sturgis Youth Theatre and was a student-instructor of Introduction to Non-Major Applied Music (voice studio) within the UNI School of Music.  My classes have included a wide-range of exploration (and occasional lecture) in Introduction to Acting, Scene and Monologue Study (Stanislavsky/Meisner approaches), Viewpoints, Laban Efforts, Chekov Work, Commedia dell'Arte lazzi, Unarmed Stage Combat, Found Object Combat, Acting for the Camera, Filmmaking, Cold Readings and Auditions, the Business of Acting, Stunt Work, and Voiceover.

In my free time, I love to write.  I also have a number of musical hobbies composing, singing, drumming, and attempting to learn banjo.  I like to recharge my soul a-top the drum throne playing jazz in laid back bars and playing folk-funk at open mics and for spare change on busy summer sidewalks.

I am a very passionate person and am always eager to jump into exciting projects with talented and outgoing people.

-- Ryan

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