Damien Ryan | Managing Director and Managing Artistic Director

Damien is Artistic Director of Sport for Jove’s upcoming 'Come to the Party!' 2013/2014 outdoor festival season, for the Sydney Hills & Leura Shakespeare Festivals, as well as adapting and directing Cyrano de Bergerac, which is playing in rep with Much Ado About Nothing directed by Adam Cook. 

In 2013, Damien was the Artistic Director of Sport for Jove’s ‘Shakespeare Shipwrecked Season – ‘What Country, Friends, Is This?for the Sydney Hills & Leura Shakespeare Festivals. As part of the trilogy of plays in the season (which also includes Terry Karabelas’ production of The Comedy of Errors), Damien is directing Twelfth Night and playing Prospero in The Tempest, directed by Matt Edgerton. Damien also assisted John Bell on Bell Shakespeare’s Henry 4, Parts 1 & 2; and returned with SfJ’s acclaimed Hamlet production to the Seymour Centre and Riverside at Parramatta.

In 2012 he directed Hamlet for SfJ and the Seymour Centre, Romeo & Juliet for the Bell Shakespeare Company/Sydney Opera House, along with Sport for Jove Theatre’s acclaimed touring festival productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. In 2011, he co-directed The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys for Darlinghurst Theatre (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Independent Production; Timeout People’s Choice Award for Best Production), As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Romeo and Juliet for both SfJ and Bell Shakespeare. Since 2009, he has founded the Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park, The Leura Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare in the Royal Botanic Garden, bringing theatre and educational work to each of these communities.

Recent acting credits include Macbeth for SfJ’s Festival season 2011/12, Hamlet in Harlos Theatre's production of Hamlet in Sydney, and Jaques in Bell Shakespeare's national tour of As You Like It, previously appearing in Antony And Cleopatra, Richard 3, The Comedy Of Errors, Hamlet and As You Like It (2003) for Bell. He also took part in Bell Shakespeare's 2006 UK tour of The Comedy Of Errors to the Bath Shakespeare Festival and The Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

Other acting credits include recent new-play workshops of Jonathon Gavin's I.D. for Griffin Theatre and Flightpath's In Transit for B Sharp; King Lear and Isolde and Tristan for Harlos Productions; Crime and Punishment, Under Milk Wood and Macbeth for Sydney Art Theatre; Mother Courage and the title role in Hamlet for New Theatre and the Australian Shakespeare Festival (1997/98); Cosi, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pygmalion, No Worries, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Away throughout NSW for Nomad Repertory Theatre; Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare by the Sea; Look Back in Anger and In Praise of Love at the Independent; In Memoriam for Chameleon’s Dish Theatre at the Stables; Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Love's Labour's Lost and Othello for Quasimodo Productions.

Previous directing credits include adaptations of Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Midsummer Night's Dream for Bell Shakespeare Company's Actors At Work 2009 season, along with Love's Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Henry 5, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, The Crucible, The Floor of Heaven, Mothers and Fathers, The Importance of Being Earnest and Picasso at the Lapin Agile for a range of Sydney companies and schools. T.V. credits include Water Rats and Big Sky.

Damien has also worked heavily in the education sector as a teacher at NIDA, and teacher/lecturer at secondary and tertiary level, both here and in the UK, along with creating work with young artists in schools and authoring Bell Shakespeare's Teacher Kits.

Damien is Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove Theatre.