Ryan is the winner of the 2018 OffWestEnd.com’s Adopt a Playwright Award for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March of that year. He is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17. His previous play QUEENS OF SHEBA won the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award having played to sell-out audiences at the Camden Peoples Theatre in October 2017; it will be revived for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 where it will have a four week run and then come into the New Diorama Theatre in London.
Ryan’s first play TIMBUKTU was part of the Bush Theatre’s Black Lives Black Words Festival 2016, a festival of radical new BAME voices. It was revived in February 2018 for a run at The Stratford Theatre Royal East which sold out.
Ryan has been commissioned to write two one act plays TERRA NOVA and VOID for the Arcola Theatre and The Royal Court respectively. Currently, he is developing a new play based around Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier and the infamous Hollywood Blacklist, as part of his year adoption with OffWestEnd.com.
Ryan is also a professional Actor. His work in Theatre includes Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith), The West Bridge (The Royal Court), The Dug out (The Tobacco Factory) and Sponge (Old Vic New Voices). TV/Film credits include Luther (BBC) Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), The Coroner (BBC), Suspects (Channel 5), Casualty (BBC), Honey Trap (Bright Pictures) and The Interceptor (BBC) Cilla (ITV).