Ryan Cassidy
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Ryan Cassidy

Ryan C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I firmly believe that the ability to act well resides within every person who has the desire to act. In order to access this ability, actors need to develop a strong sense of self, increase their confidence, and rid themselves of the habitual tensions that hold them back. Therefore, I believe good actor training is personal, individualized, and focused on self discovery.

Lessons with me will focus first and foremost on discovering and honoring yourself as a person and an artist, and then on developing your relationship with the text. We can work on a specific piece or pieces (for an audition or a performance), or on plays, scenes or monologues that we choose together, to help develop you as a performer. No matter what text we choose, we will focus on you speaking own personal truth through your performance.

I have recently been accepted into an elite graduate actor training program, and so I have had experience and success at preparing school auditions. I can help you put together an audition that shows schools not only your current skills and talents, but the potential for who you can be as an artist. I also have several years of professional acting experience, so I can help you prepare for the professional world as well.

My goal is to help all of my students give more honest, spontaneous, visceral, and satisfying performances. I look forward to working with you and helping you on your journey to become the best actor you can possibly be.

About Ryan C.

My name is Ryan. I'm a professional actor from the Philadelphia area, and I am excited to share what I know with you and help you be the best actor you can be.

I've worked as a professional actor for about four years. I've worked in film and theatre, Shakespeare plays and world premiers, musicals and devised pieces, horror pictures and feel-good films, and, thanks to the pandemic, even virtual shows. I've worked alongside both experienced Broadway actors and talented up-and-comers, and I so I've had the opportunity to study how great actors work, and I hope to relay some of that to you.

I have a Bachelor's degree in both Theatre and Philosophy from Hamilton College, and I will begin to work towards my MFA in acting at DePaul University this fall. I've taken intensives in Shakespeare, audition prep, and devised performance at places like, SITI Company (NYC), Lantern Theatre (Philadelphia), The Phoenix Theatre (PA), and Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia). I've seen how some of the country's best acting teachers relate to their students, and I have learned how to guide actors through exercises and scene study so that they can reap the maximum benefit.

Outside of acting, I am a college swim coach (so get ready for a pep talk if you're feeling down about your acting abilities), and an avid kayaker and nordic skier. I love movies, sports on TV, Italian food, and spending time with friends and family (often via Zoom these days). I can't wait to meet you and help you take your acting to the next level.

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Kathryn
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Working with Ryan is always a delight! He has helped me improve my confidence so much, and I feel so much more prepared for my auditions now. His method of teaching and the environment he creates in his lessons makes me feel safe to take risks with my acting in ways I never have before. Thanks for everything Ryan!

Posted Jan 10, 2021

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Experience

"Orlando" in As You Like It
Jun 2020 - Jul 2020

The Phoenix Theatre

"Jim O'Connor" (The Gentleman Caller) in The Glass Menagerie
Jan 2020 - Feb 2020

The Phoenix Theatre

"Ricky" in Just A Trim (Short Film)
Nov 2019 - Nov 2019

Temple University Student Films

"Ryan Seacrest" and "Kevin (u/s)" in Gary (World Premier)
Sep 2019 - Nov 2019

The Eagle Theatre

"Thomas" in Calf Rope (Short Film)
Aug 2019 - Aug 2019

Dadley Productions

Winner of awards for Best Acting Ensemble at The Wild Bunch Film Festival and The First Glance Film Festival

"Ferdinand" in The Tempest
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

The Phoenix Theatre

"Male Swing" in Christmas of Swing
Oct 2018 - Dec 2018

Montgomery Theatre

"The Piper" in Piper's Pitch (World Premier)
Aug 2018 - Oct 2018

Reading Theatre Project

"Ensemble" in She Loves Me
Jun 2018 - Jul 2018

Gretna Theatre

"George" in Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Jun 2018 - Jun 2018

Gretna Theatre

"Bobby" in Love! Valour! Compassion!
Mar 2018 - May 2018

VOE Productions

"Turk Fisher" in Come Back, Little Sheba
Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

The Stagecrafters Theatre

"Ligeia" in Shades of Poe
Sep 2017 - Oct 2017

Fractured Mirror Productions

"Tesman" in Hedda Gabler
Oct 2016 - Nov 2016

Hamilton College

"Ferdinand" in Love's Labour's Lost
Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

Untitled @ Large

"Allen 'Al' Chase" in The Philadelphia (Short Film)
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016

Voletta Films

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

Hamilton College

"Nick Bottom" in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

Untitled @ Large

"Galen" in A House Divided (Feature Film)
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014

High Meadows Productions

Education

MFA, Acting (Upcoming)
Sep 2020 - Present

DePaul University

Private Voice Lessons
Jun 2018 - Present

The Vocal Actor with Corbin Abernathy

"Freeing the Natural Voice" Linklater Intensive
Apr 2020 - Jun 2020

The Phoenix Theatre

Shakespearean Text Workshop
May 2020 - May 2020

The Phoenix Theatre

Shakespearean Acting Intensive
Sep 2019 - Nov 2019

Lantern Theatre Company

Intro to the Meisner Technique
Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

The Phoenix Theatre

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Philosophy
Sep 2013 - May 2017

Hamilton College

Acting/Movement/Directing/Devising Intensive
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

SITI Company

Devised Performance Intensive
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015

Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa
May 2017
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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