Theatre

* musical Theatre
+ Role originator
Hedda Gabler
A Doll's House
Urinetown
Oskar and the Countless
  Costume Changes
Twelfth Night
Broadway Nights 2
The Aliens
  *KCACTF Win - Best ENSEMBLE
  *KCACTF Win - Best Production
  *BIG EASY Nom. - University
  *IRENE RYAN ActingNom.
Romeo and Juliet
Gruesome Playground
  Injuries
125th Anniversary show

Love in a Minor Key
Avenue Q
Macabaret
Red
Reefer Madness
A Christmas Carol
The Amazing Hi-Lows
Fiddler on the Roof
[title of show]
45 Seconds from B'way
Divorce First Class
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Bat Boy: The Musical
Die, Claudius!
Guernica
The Game
Goose Neck
On the Verge

Mother Hicks
Alice in the Underground
  (Also Concept, Co-Writer)
The Zoo Story
Chicago: The Musical
The Mistakes Madeline
 Made
Reefer Madness
Almost, Maine
Marat/Sade
Dr. Horrible's Sing-along...
Maggie's Reconstruction
House of Blue Leaves
Peter Pan
Little Shop of Horror
Tesman
Dr. Rank
Mr. McQueen
Oskar
 
Sir Toby Belch
Various *
Evan
 
 
 
 
Friar Laurence
Doug

Petruchio, Ford,
 MalcoLm *
YounG Art
Nicky *
Paul Bearer *
ken
Jimmy *
Young Scrooge
Robbie + *
Avram *
Hunter *
Soloman (NTC)
Seth +
Peachy Weil
Ron *
Ralph
Old Man, Bull
Death
Tony +
Grover, Yeti, Troll,
  Gus
Clovis P. Eudy
Mad Hatter +

Jerry
Mary Sunshine *
Jake

Ralph Wiley
Steve, Phil
Inmate/Musician
Billy/Dr. Horrible *
Mike +
Man-in-White
Smee *
Seymour *
Theatre UNO
Theatre UNO
The NOLA Project
The NOLA Project
 
Theatre UNo
Theatre UNO
Theatre UNO
 
 
 
 
Upstagers Theatre CLub
Trainwreck Prod.

GRand Opera House

Dbq Fine ArtS Players
Trainwreck Prod.
TRAINWRECK PROD.
TRAINWRECK PROD.
TRAINWRECK PROD.
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
LORAS COLLEGE
HEARTLAND FESTIVAL
TRAINWRECK PROD.
FLY-BY-NIGHT
DBQ FINE ARTS PLAYERS
FLY-BY-NIGHT
STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)
UNISTA
STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)
TRAINWRECK PROD.
UNISTA
STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)

STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)
UNISTA

TRAINWRECK Prod.
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)

INTERPRETER'S THEATRE
UNISTA
STAYER-WOOD (UNI)
TRAINWRECK PROD.
DBQ FINE ARTS PLAYERS
STRAYER-WOOD (UNI)
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
DUBUQUE PLAYERS

Feature Film

Repatriation
The Cutting Room Floor 
FEAT - Bartender
FEAT - Zombie in Hats
RGB Films
PKP MediA

Short Film

In Which I Wonder
The People V. Alan
Twilgiht Zombie
The Arbor Ate 'Em
LEAD - Man
LEAD - Alan
LEAD - Zombie Boy
FEAt - Boyfriend
Loras Student Prod.
Frame of Mind Prod.
UNI Student Production
Great River Films

Television / Web

Limelight
  (DBQ INTL. Film Fest Pick)
Seceding Within
Panther Pride
REGULAR - Joey

LEAD - Kevin
GUEST - Love Making
Ted Rosean Productions

Shedonic Media Motions
UNI-TV

Commercial

Julien Intl. Film Festival
  *EMMY® WINNER
   33a Comm. - Single Spot,
   Upper Midwest Region
  *ADDYAWARD GOLD/BEST
    FOR TV RGNL/NTL SPOT
The Grout Museums
Waterloo Implement
Computer Reboot
GRIFINFEST
Sexual Harassment PSA
Man




 
Tommy Carroll
Jack Frost
Nerd Crew Guy
Filmmaker
Back Seat Passenger
Dreamcatcher Prod.




 
KWWL
OnMedia
OnMedia
Great River Films
PKP Media

Readings / Workshops

Doctor Faustus:
  A Devilish New Musical
  (Also writer & Composer)
Zeitoun
Awake. In the Dark.
  (Also writer;
  COMMISSIONED by GBPAC)
Two Gentlemen for
 Cressida
John Faustus + *


Todd (replacement)
Actor +


Sir Yorrick +

Trainwreck Prod.


Stayer-Wood (UNI)
Gallagher-Bluedorn


UNISTA

Training & Education

M.F.A. THEATRE & Film: PERFORMANCE & DirectIOn,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
ACTING/Styles: Adv. Acting Studio, Shakespeare (David W. Hoover)
Directing: adv. Directing Studio (David W. Hoover)
Movement/COMBAT: Adv. Stage Movement (SARAH BROEKHOVEN)  •  Unarmed Combat, Dagger & Rapier (David W. Hoover)
Vocal Production: Aimee Hayes (Linklater, Suzuki, Lessac)
Design: Lights (Diane K. Baas)  •  Costumes (Tony French)  •  Set (Kevin Griffith)
Literature/History:  Adv. Studies in Modern Theatre (David W. Hoover)  •  Development of Theatre (Tony French)
Theory/Analysis:  Concept, Character, CONFLICT (Henry Griffin •  Form & Idea in Media (Laszlo Fulop)  •  Performance & Direction (Lance E. Nichols & Henry Griffin)
B.A. THEATRE: ACTING & PERFORMANCE + MUSIC MINOR,
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
ACTING: Meisner (Tyler Stilwell)  •  Stanislavsky-based studio (Richard Glockner)
VOICE & SPEECH:  Linklater (Gwendolyn Schwinke )  •  Linklater, Speech & Dialects, IPA, Sound & Movement (Susan Schuld)
MOVEMENT:  Feldenkrais, Viewpoints, Laban Efforts (Gwendolyn Schwinke)  •  Suzuki, Lazzi (Richard Glockner) •  Dimensions, Chekov Work, Reflexology, Seller’s States of Being, Arnold Swings/Stretches (Susan Schuld)
STYLES:  Shakespeare, commedia dell'arte (Richard Glockner)  •  musical (cassandra Naatgkeboren)  •  Opera (Sandy Walden)
SINGING:  Musical Theatre (Cassandra Naatgkeboren)  •  Classical (Kathe Henning)  •  Opera Performance (Sandy Walden)
DANCE:  Basic Tap, Ballet, Waltz and Jazz (Daniel Wells)
WORKSHOPS / INTENSIVES
The New Movement (semester): Comedy, IMPROV (Tami Nelson)
NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE (1-DAY): Contact Improv (Pat Shaw)
TECTONIC THEATer PROJECT (1-DAY): Introduction to Moment Work (Greg Pierotti)
SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FIGHT DIRECTORS (WEEKEND): Stage Combat - Multiple Styles (Multiple Instructors/Carnage in the Corn)
QIGONG - XIAN GONG (Brian Brown)

Skills & Interests

Theatre Directing; Music Directing; Teaching; Shakespeare Style; Commedia dell’arte (Zanni) Style/Lazzi; Mask Making; Can drive a manual
Interests:  Classical Theatre; Clowning; Circus

Personal

height: 5'8"
Weight: 200lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
Grows full beard

Reviews

"Gruesome Playground Injuries has an emotional nakedness with Beatty and Decker giving it their all... Recommended!"
Gruesome Playground Injuries REVIEW BY Sunil Malapati

"... a wonderful evening of tender, compelling, funny/sad theatre... Great performance, Gwen Beatty and Ryan Michael Decker."
GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES REVIEW BY Amy Ressler

"Both actors delivered their heavy line load with convincing certainty and smooth cadence.  This play is timeless, pertinent, and very powerful."

Red review by Gene Tully, Voices from the Warehouse District

"The performers took on commendably the challenge of speaking and acting as characters from the late 19th century, making the script seem simultaneously alien and familiar... [Decker and Swanson] constantly change in and out of costume to assume different roles. The versatility of the actors heighten the entertainment of the play."

On the Verge review by AJ Cassidy, The Northern Iowan

"This play has been produced three other times, but I must say this production's Young Art and Young Millie [Decker and Haverland] are my favorite portrayals of the characters."

David Finney, PLAYWRIGHT OF Love in a Minor Key

Collaborator TESTIMONIALs

"... thank you for all of the talent and swag you put into this performance.  As a director it's a huge relief to work with someone who takes their craft as seriously as you do.  I'm grateful for all the hard work you put into this show -- thank you, thank you, thank you..."

Liz Cook, director and playwright of Goose Neck

"Thank you so much for agreeing to be this show's anchor.  Every show has its challenges and you rode through ours with professionalism and poise.  I hope to work with you soon..."
Michael SANTOS, Director OF Romeo & Juliet

"It was great working with you on R&J!  The skill and artistry you bring to the stage makes me want to work much harder on my own.  Thanks for being an inspiration and a great castmate.  I hope we'll get to work together again in the future."
Michael L., Romeo & JulieT CO-ACTOR