Ryan is the Music Director/Accompanist for the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas. KU credits include: MUSIC DIRECTOR - La Cage aux Folles, Spring Awakening, Company, Little Women, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Anything Goes, COMPOSER - ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Man Equals Man, Summer and Smoke, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (North American Premiere in it’s original pronunciation). Ryan has worked professionally with Kansas City Ballet, Second City, Improv Olympic, KC Rep, Giordano Dance Company and The Living Room Theater. Other composer credits include: The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe and Milking Christmas with Friend Dog Studios, the family musical Noah’s Art with Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, Amelie), and the rock musical Stillwater with Tysen and their band, Joe’s Pet Project. Ryan is a Music Director for the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, a program dedicated to teaching young artists how to write for the musical theater stage. He is originally from Salina, Kansas.