Ryan Dobrin is an East Coast-based theatre-maker, arts administrator, and teaching artist. He is passionate about developing new, music/movement-based work, and rediscovering and reinvigorating pre-existing work. He is especially interested in delving into the ethical implications and moral consequences of action, the inner-most desires of characters, and the existence of magic and spectacle. He believes in leading from the heart and in the building of community through shared experience.
Ryan currently holds directing fellowships at Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theatre Club. He is the Producing Artistic Assistant with Obie Award winners The Movement Theatre Company and is the Associate Director of queer electro-pop musical OSCAR at The Crown. Alongside Carina Goebelbecker, he is one half of Those Guilty Creatures, an interdisciplinary performance-making creation and producing duo. He is an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Group at Ars Nova, and has also worked at Vineyard Theater and Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe. He has served as an Associate or Assistant Director for Shira Milikowsky, Katherine Wilkinson, and Miranda Haymon, and will be assisting Margot Bordelon, Trip Cullman, and Dustin Wills this upcoming season.
Ryan is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he double-majored in Theater and Italian Studies. He was the recipient of the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize and the Outreach & Community Service Prize in Theater, becoming the first-ever student to receive both awards bestowed by the Department of Theater. During his time at Wesleyan, he studied abroad in Bologna, Italy and Santiago, Chile.