Ryan Calais Cameron



Theatre Credits include: 

RETROGRADE (Kiln Theatre, April/May 2023), nominated for Evening Standard Award,’Best Play’ 2023.

FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY was originally produced by Ryan’s theatre company, Nouveau Riche and New Diorama Theatre, directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu. Following a sold out run at New Diorama, a revised version of the production directed by Ryan, transferred to the Royal Court in March 2022 (produced by Nouveau Riche, New Diorama) and then to the Apollo Theatre, West End in March 2023. FOR BLACK BOYS… was winner of Black British Theatre Awards 2022, Best Production Play Award and Ryan was the winner of Best Director Award alongside Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu; the ensemble was joint-winner of ‘Best Performer in a Play’ at 2022 Stage Debut Awards. The play was also nominated for ‘Best New Play’ and ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ at the 2023 Olivier Awards. A revival of the production will open at the Garrick Theatre on 29th February 2024.

HUMAN NURTURE (Theatre Centre/Sheffield Theatres and national tour 2022); TYPICAL, (Nouveau Riche), which starred Richard Blackwood (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre Upstairs 2020); QUEENS OF SHEBA, (Nouveau Riche), co-written with Jessica Hagan, winner of the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award, (Edinburgh Fringe, New Diorama Theatre, London and national tour 2019).  Ryan was the winner of the 2018 Off West End ‘Adopt A Playwright Award’ for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March of that year. He is under commission to Kiln as part of a Sky Studios/Kiln Theatre new writing initiative.

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 at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Ryan is an alumnus of the Royal Court writers programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17.  He recently contributed to the Royal Court’s ‘Living Newspaper’: Edition 2 and is currently under commission to the Royal Court, the Arcola, Soho Theatre and Theatre Centre.  Ryan has been chosen as one of “The Stage 25” 2022 list of future stars of the UK theatre industry.

TV:  Guest writer on THE FLATSHARE S1 (42/Paramount+) BOARDERS (Studio Lambert/BBC3), QUEENIE (C4); Ryan is developing several original series with indies which include: MY BROTHERS’ KEEPER (Warp Films), BLERD (Wychwood/Sister Pics), an adapation of BLOOD RIGHTS (Red Planet) and a feature length film for Film4 which he will also direct.

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).