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Damien Ryan is a multi award winning director at the forefront of directing classical and contemporary theatre in Australia.  He founded the Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park and The Leura Shakespeare Festival. He has acted and directed many plays across Australia, celebrating over 20 years in the industry. He has also worked heavily in the Australian education sector, and bringing Shakespeare and theatre to young audiences is his life’s ambition.

As the Managing Director and Artistic Director of Sport for Jove Theatre, Damien has directed more than 30 productions, written and developed three new works and adapted over a dozen plays. The company has a comprehensive Education Program developed by Ryan and works with tens of thousands of Australian students

annually at secondary and tertiary levels. He has worked extensively with Shakespeare, performing in or directing over 70 productions in Australia and overseas, and has worked as actor, director and writer across Australia’s major companies including STC, MTC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Sydney Festival, Canberra Theatre Centre, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre and in the Independent sector in Sydney. Recent directing credits include: the feature film Venus & Adonis (SFJ), Romeo & Juliet, The Crucible (SFJ), The Father (STC/MTC), Hamlet, Henry V, Henry IV Parts 1&2 (with John Bell), Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare), Rose Riot, Merchant of Venice, Antigone, Antony and Cleopatra, The River at the End of the Road, Cyrano de Bergerac, No End of Blame, Othello, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Away, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Loves Labour’s Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, The Libertine (SFJ); Look Back in Anger (Old Fitz with Lizzie Schebesta). Acting credits include Venus & Adonis, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (SFJ), Life of Galileo, Twelfth Night, Nora (Belvoir); As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard 3, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare); Crime and Punishment, Under Milk Wood (SAT); Mother Courage, Isolde and Tristan, Hamlet, King Lear (Harlos). He has two award-winning play adaptations (Antigone and Cyrano de Bergerac) published with Currency Press and over a dozen Sydney Theatre, Green Room, Timeout and Glug awards as director and actor. He is a proud member of MEAA.

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