Ryan worked behind the scenes with HTC for three seasons, working on the lighting crew for two seasons before stepping into the role of lighting designer for No Mother to Guide Her ’00, Into the Woods ’01, and Motown MacBeth ’02. He matriculated to Loyola College of Maryland where he spent four years building sets, designing sets, lighting sets, directing plays and generally making a nuisance of himself at their McManus Theatre. He’s spent the last seven or so years with A.C.T. Lighting, Inc., selling some very fine lighting equipment from around the world to the producers of concert tours, Broadway shows and most everything between. Along the way he married a New York City based theatre director just to round out his theatrical bona fides.