Richie Ryan BA, ALCM
Founding Principal & Artistic Director
Richie Ryan is from Limerick City and has been involved in Drama and Musical Theatre for many years. He is artistic director of CentreStage Aets Academy for adults, teenagers and children based at The Redemptorists Centre Of Music, Limerick. His is also founder and director/producer of the highly successful Limerick’s CentreStage Summer Programme at UCH and CentreStage Summer Schools for Adults which run in the University of Limerick, July and August. CentreStage Youth Theatre, CentreStage Productions, CentreSPACE Players, CentreSPACE Film Club and CentreStage Talent - Casting Agency. Richie was artistic director of Limerick Musical society 200-2012. He is currently National Adjudicator (AIMS) The Association of Irish Musical Societies.
Productions as director include Juno and the Paycock, Stepping Out, Noises Off, The Communication Cord, Lone Star, Adrian Mole, The Factory Girls, Moonshine, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Mort, The Only Jealousy of Emer, Crabbed Youth and Age, Playboy of the Western World, Proof, Doubt,
Magical Musical Moments, Godspell, Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Brigadoon, Oliver, Grease, The Pirates, Guys and Dolls, Carrie, Fiddler on the Roof, Fame, Oklahoma, Joseph, Cats, Jesus Christ SuperStar, Chess, Copacobana , West Side Story, Les Miserables, Hot Mikado, Honk, The Hired Man, It’s Broadway, Anything Goes., Bugsy Molone, Annie, South Pacific, The King and I, Seussical, We Will Rock You, Nightmare Before Christmas, Jekyl & Hyde, Big, Hairspray, and many short plays with his CentreStage Theatre School.
Pantomine productions include Down to the Woods, NeverEverland, Cinderella, Snowwhite.com,Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast and Jack and The Beanstalk with CentreStage Productions
Richie has directed many school and benefit concerts and the highly successful Children’s Opera Noyes Fludde by Benjamin Britton, Hansel and Gretal and The Happy Prince at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick. Richie also directed ‘CRUSADE’ for Thre Belltable Arts Centre.
Richie has appeared in many roles with The College Players, The Granary Players, The Torch Players, East and West Players and many musical societies. He has directed for The College Players, MIDAS, The Granary Players, The East & West Players, Crescent college Comprehensive, The Cecilian Musical Society, Shannon Musical Society, Tipperary Musical Society , Killarney Musical Society and Limerick Musical Society.
As an actor he played many leading roles in many musicals and was nominated for Best Comedian on many occasions with AIMS. He has played many characters in Island Theatre Companies production of Mike Finn’s award winning Pigtown and has appeared in Pat Shorts video Live- and a Bit Dangerous and Mattie with Pat Shortt for RTE..
Richie has many acting and awards for direction to his credit. He was awarded the Limerick and subsequently the National Junior Chamber of Ireland Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in 1998 for his contribution to cultural achievement in Limerick City. In 2001 he was awarded the Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to theatre.
Richie has studied Drama and Musical Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Mountview Conservatorie, London, The Patsy Rodenburg Speech and Drama Centre, London. He holds an ALCM from the London College of Music and a BA (Hons) in Media and Music from Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick. Richie is currently studying on a MA programme in Theatre Education at Middlesex University, London and is in the process of writing a DRAMA TRAINING HANDBOOK for Educators of Drama.
Richie has written four short specialist Plays ‘Cash is King, FireFighting, Bah Humbug and Growing Under Diversity for the Limerick City Enterprise Board.
Richie has tought Media and Communication Studies in the Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick, and lectured in Creative Studies at Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick.
Richie is in constant demand as a tutor of communication and presentation skills with The Paul Parnership and many local companies in the Mid-West region.
Richie was a regular contributor to the monthly publication ‘Limerick Events Guide’ with his monthly column ART ATTACK.
Richie has been engaged for Voice Over work with IBM, DELL and Plassey Campus Management.
Richie is AIMS Adjudicator 2012/13