Degrees and Certifications:
MFA Performance and Pedagogy Texas Tech University BA Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts University of New Orleans United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Professional Member Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Associate Member Actor's Equity Association (AEA) Member Candidate Louisiana Department of Education Talented Theatre Educator Certification
Mr. Ryan Bruce
Ryan Bruce is a theatre "jack-of-all" trades and has directed, designed, and performed on and for regional and international stages. He holds a M.F.A. in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University and a B.A. in Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts from the University of New Orleans. As an educator, Ryan focuses on project-based workspaces and fostering artistic curiosity. He is dedicated to fostering and developing the skills needed for students to enter into the professional community of theatre production, one that continues to evolve and grow as inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary artistic projects are embraced and the definition of "live event" is redefined.
Ryan has served as the Technical Director for the Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans for several years on the productions of Suddenly Last Summer, The Mutilated, Vieux Carre, and as a scenic carpenter on One Arm. Additionally, he co-directed Period of Adjustment in December of 2019. He has served as the assistant director for productions and workshops at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and The Kennedy Center. Other favorite projects include: The Seven Year Itch, Same Time Next Year, A Midsummer Nights Dream (and many more Shakespeare!), The History Boys, Urinetown: The Musical, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Metamorphosis, and Katrina's Path.
In Technical Theatre I, team-members are introduced to the general concepts and vocabulary of all technical theatre, with an emphasis on lighting, sound, projections, and run crew while exploring theatre arts as a whole and its relationship to culture and communication. In Technical Theatre II, students will further their studies within the disciplines of technical theatre, with an emphasis on scenery, props, costumes, make-up, hair, and stage management. Both courses emphasize communication, collaboration, and creativity while working on projects that require students to think outside of the box.
Each Technical Theatre level surveys the whole of technical theatre and live entertainment careers, including:
Run Crew and Stagehands
Scenic Design & Technology
Costume Design & Technology
Lighting Design, Technology, & Electrics
Sound Design, Technology, & Engineering
Properties Design & Technology
Make-up Design & Technology
Hair/Wig Design & Technology
Projection Design & Technology
Directing for the Stage
Team-members will have hands-on opportunities to work at the Lafon Center for the Performing Arts with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment and technology. After 25 hours of supervised work alongside theatre professionals, team-members are eligible to be hired as contractors for live events at the Lafon Center for the Performing Arts.