In addition to doing picture books, Ryan has also been creating and performing puppets for years!
He is currently working on a new show to debut, hopefully, Fall 2015!
Ryan uses a variety of puppetry styles, innovative staging techniques, and original stories to create interactive experiences that will entertain audiences of all ages. Ryan blends zany character design, slapstick comedy, and raw creative energy to create a multisensory theatrical experience.
Here are highlights from puppet shows that Ryan produced over the years.
“Wild Winter Wonder Land” was a large-scale holiday puppet show at the Ft. Worth Zoo. This show was created using black light animal puppets resulting in a dazzling display of light and movement. The show ran for the entire month of December and was performed four times daily to full house audiences.
“Boo At the Zoo” was a large scale Halloween puppet show performed at the Ft. Worth Zoo. Using a variety of puppetry styles including shadow puppets, hand puppets, and inflatable costumes the show told a spooky tale that enchanted audiences of all ages.
In 2007, Ryan took his passion for puppetry into the streets of New York City for a personal, public art project. He created a flat holographic puppet and took it to Chinatown during the Chinese New Year celebration. It was a fun and unique experience for everyone.
When Ryan was attending the Ringling School of Art in Florida he received a grant from the Ringling Museum of Art to create an experimental puppet show that acted out the entire history of art in 20 minutes. “Concert of the Arts” was a larger-than-life spectacle incorporating hundreds of puppets and live music. The show sold out every performance and was so successful the museum had the show performed for museum donors.