Ryan Dobrin is an East Coast-based director and producer. 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, the existence of magic and spectacle, and the beating heart of art. He believes in leading from the heart and in the building of community through shared experience.
Ryan is the Associate Producing Artistic Leader with OBIE-Award winners The Movement Theatre Company, a Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theatre Club, and a Directing Observer with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Alongside Carina Goebelbecker, he is one half of Those Guilty Creatures, an interdisciplinary performance creating and producing collective. He is an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Group at Ars Nova. He has worked on projects with directors Margot Bordelon, Lila Neugebauer, Shira Milikowsky, Whitney White, Miranda Haymon, and Katherine Wilkinson and will be working with Trip Cullman, Dustin Wills, Jesca Prudencio, and Seonjae Kim 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.