Theater Productions with Youth

Ryan creates, devises, and directs theater productions with student collaborators and performers ranging from preschool to university. He’s led performance events with middle and high school theater programs; through classroom-based arts projects; and with after-school and summer arts programs.

Arts Integration Programs & School Residencies

Ryan supports schools as they design programs in arts integration. He engages in school residencies ranging from one day to four weeks, and he collaborates with teachers to link students’ arts learning to their academic goals. Ryan works regularly with the Alaska State Council on the Arts Artists In Schools Program. He served in rural Alaska districts during three years with the Department of Education State System of Support. For seven years, he was resident teaching artist with the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s Pilinguat Program for arts integration, and he was resident teaching artist at Glacier Valley Elementary for four years. He’s worked as a teaching artist with Ping Chong + Company, Theater Mitu, Perseverance Theatre, and Aquila Theater Company. He serves the Kennedy Center Partners In Education Program in Juneau; Kodiak; and Deer Isle, Maine.

Professional Development & Coaching for Educators & Teaching Artists

Ryan leads an activity with classroom teachers at the Alaska Arts Education Consortium Basic Arts Institute in Juneau.

Ryan facilitates professional development workshops and offers in-class modeling and coaching, focusing on pedagogy and strategies for arts integration.

For teachers, Ryan has served as the Alaska Department of Education’s Content Coach for drama integration. He’s a Teacher Leader for the Summer Basic Arts Institutes of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, and a facilitator for Ping Chong + Company’s Summer Arts Intensive. He’s also designed and taught arts education courses in the University of Alaska B.A. Education and M.A.T. programs.

For school administrators, Ryan has led sessions at principals’ conferences, and he’s presented annually at the Growing Arts Leaders Retreat of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.

For teaching artists, Ryan has facilitated Teaching Artist Training Academies for the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education programs in Juneau, Kodiak, and Deer Isle, Maine.


Curriculum & Culturally Responsive Program Development

Students in a Yukon River School interview a community elder as part of a community arts project designed and facilitated by Ryan.



Ryan has served as a technical assistance coach on the Alaska Arts Curriculum Development Workshops, offered by the Department of Education and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. He presented comparisons between various districts’ and states’ existing curricula in drama, and he supported administrators in developing new drama curricula. He supports individual schools and teachers in developing plans for drama courses and clubs.


Ryan’s drama lessons and programs increase relevance and motivation for students in intercultural classrooms. He supports educators who seek strategies to make mandated curricula more engaging for students, and he designs arts-based projects that center on students’ personal, family, and community cultures.

A Sample Teaching Artist Residency: Puppetry: Strong Characters, Expansive Imaginations

An Alaska State Council on the Arts Artists In Schools Residency with Juneau’s Glacier Valley Elementary & Thunder Mountain High School, Fall 2013

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Published Writing on Teaching Artistry

The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field, Ed. Kathryn Dawson & Daniel Kelin, Intellect Books 2014: “Capturing the Story: Assessing A Documentary Theatre Project in Rural Alaska”
Teaching Artist Journal, November 2011: “Really Worth Something”

Lower Kuskokwim School District Curriculum: Alaska Statehood – An Arts-Integrated Teaching Guide-2009