Williamsburg native and Jamestown High School graduate, Ryan Davy, recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg about some of his theater experiences, and the "secret life" that goes on backstage to ensure that what you are seeing onstage goes without a hitch.
During his senior year at Jamestown High School in 2012, he cast and directed a full production of the musical, "The Fantasticks," in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theater. He found he enjoyed the experience so much, he directed Neil Simon's comedy, "The Sunshine Boys," and "Pippin" the two years after that.
Ryan just completed a three-year Theater Tech degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in production technology and management. While at RCS, Ryan stage-managed full-scale productions including "Brigadoon," "Circle of Fifths" which toured to London and "Chess" which toured to Edinburgh. He has also worked as an intern with Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Arts Centre and has worked two seasons with the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. He now works with the Virginia Opera in Norfolk. Later this year, Ryan hopes to move to Canada where a new, young experimental theater culture is just kicking off. His goal is to become a director with a small professional company where he can be part of a team that helps it grow.
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