Ryan has been working with kids since he was basically a kid himself, serving as a camp director in his hometown Rockford Park District as well as a counselor and community service organizer for the Freshman Urban Program in Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he focused on acting and screenwriting, culminating in writing, producing, and performing in a full length new musical, the 83rd annual Waa-Mu Show: Double Feature at Hollywood and Vine. Fresh from a professional Chicago career, Ryan is now a New York-based writer, actor, and improvisor.