Colin Ryan is a native of Syracuse, NY who made his stage debut as the title role in Rip van Winkle at age 7. Some years later, he received a BFA in Acting at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where he appeared with fellow Fredonia alum Peter Michael Goetz and the legendary noh performer Akira Matsui. In Fredonia, Colin also learned that there are places with worse weather than Syracuse.
Colin left Fredonia for New York City, by way of London (a shortcut, really), where he studied at the Royal National Theatre’s Summer Acting Program, including classes with Toby Jones and Fiona Laird and master classes with Patsy Rodenberg and Sir Ian McKellen. In New York, Colin’s already potent thirst for Shakespeare and the classics was increased by a steady stream of employment in blank verse, with some sidebars in Irish drama, musical theatre and new plays.
Colin briefly sojourned in our nation’s capital to receive an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. At the ACA, Colin studied Speech with Gary Logan, Voice with Ellen O’Brien, Mask & Clown with Dodi DiSanto, and Acting with Michael Kahn. Also, he was in The Malcontent, a play which had been produced approximately two other times in the last 400 years, which you have to admit is pretty cool.
Colin recently understudied at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, covering Pozzo and Lucky in Waiting for Godot and the roles of Foster and Briggs in No Man's Land, starring Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley. Thanks in part to this winter’s steady stream of snow storms, he was able to go on in the role of Lucky, marking his debut on a Broadway stage. More info at twoplaysinrep.com.
An accomplished stage combatant, Colin has been certified by the Society of American Fight Directors in six weapons. He is also a voice-over artist, and can be heard on several animated series.
In what spare time he finds, Colin can be found cooking, cycling, hiking, kayaking and travelling. Colin lives with his amazing wife, Elizabeth, a sweet and quirky dog, Chloe, and more books than is probably reasonable.