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"His work continues to challenge, inspire, & push boundaries." JUNEAU EMPIRE

"Asks these big questions & doesn't give easy answers." EUGENE WEEKLY

SAINTS OF FAILURE in Brooklyn, October 24-November 9

SAINTS OF FAILURE premieres in Brooklyn this fall with a kick-ass team of collaborators. Go to Generator Theater Co’s website for tickets and to support the crowdfunding campaign. SAINTS explores the collision of queer and Christian identities in America, through storytelling, original organ music, and live makeup transformations. Ryan's stories weave with Risha Rox’s makeup design and Andrew Drannon's organ accompaniment to invite audiences into memories of loss, mystery, discovery, and liberation.

The JUNEAU VOICES Public Art & Storytelling Project

With Lillian Petershoare (Tlingit), Ryan is co-facilitating and -creating the JUNEAU VOICES Project in 2019-20: a series of audio installations featuring diverse voices and sounds of Juneau, guiding listeners downtown in a designed sequence that links with the City and Borough of Juneau’s new wayfinding signage system. A collaboration of Ping Chong + Company and CBJ’s Engineering Department. Check out the Juneau Voices Project website, and a news story in the Juneau Empire (Aug 2019).

University Settlement Artist in Residence 2020

With collaborating artist Celeste Staton, Ryan is an Artist in Residence at the Performance Project at University Settlement in New York. Ryan and Celeste will create CORNERSTONE STORIES AT ATLANTIC TERMINAL, an immersive, interdisciplinary community storytelling event at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Houses. Celeste and Ryan will facilitate a series of story circles, interviews, and community meals, in which Atlantic Terminal residents and their neighbors are invited to share family and community histories from the housing complex and from the surrounding Fort Greene neighborhood. From this story process, Celeste and Ryan will script and stage an intergenerational performance in which these stories are performed by residents themselves. Here’s more on the University Settlement AIR website.

TCG Circle Feature Article

Check out this feature on Ryan and his work on TCG Circle: This is not a year off: Kinship, Communion, & Creating Space

Ping Chong + Company Collaborator in Residence

Ryan is Artistic Collaborator in Residence and Education & Community Projects Associate at Ping Chong + Company in New York. He first joined the company through the Leadership U One-on-One National Fellowship, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Visit the ABOUT page for Ryan’s Artist Statement and Bio.