Improv

Ryan has been improvising for nearly twenty years, and teaching for most of that time. He’s taught and performed improv comedy all around Europe and Canada.

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Writing

Ryan writes plays, feature articles, short film scripts, short fiction, comedy sketches and other stuff besides. Much of his writing he does for clients like ING and Heineken, but a great deal of it he does for himself.

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Training

As a communications generalist – and a specialist in improv and writing – Ryan helps individuals and businesses improve improve the ways they interact internally, and externally.

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Upcoming Travels, Shows & Workshops

26 February ~ The Big Ideas Show, MixTree OT301

27 February ~ Themeprov, Mezrab

4 March ~ Improv UpstairsBoom Chicago

5 March ~ Nutty Anita Comedy Night, De Nieuwe Anita

13 March ~ My True Story, Mezrab

Latest thoughts

In the writer’s room!

For awhile now I’ve been fascinated by – and covetous of – the writer’s room, as seen on TV. When I say “as seen on TV” I guess I’m referring to 30 Rock, on which […]

Treating yourself right

(Note: A version of this article originally appeared on Alexander & James, where it was up before Valentine’s Day)
Though the 14th of February is just one day, its effects resonate […]

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The ongoing trials of my terrible Dutch

I recently took a very official Dutch exam. We’re talking a thirty minute two-tram journey to the other end of town, with passport and visa, into a room full of auditors and worried students. They were a grueling two days.

The Nederlands Tweede Taal 2 (NT2) tests on speaking, listening, writing and reading. I haven’t really been doing a whole lot of Dutch for the past few months, but in the days leading up to that exam that changed. Turns out you can’t cram months of learning into a couple of afternoons. But at least I tried.

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