Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director , television host and keynote speaker in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin, where she learned a thing or two about producing Broadway musicals.
Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans (with Dave Horak) and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She returned to Edmonton in 2001, where she became Co-Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television to this very day.
Bridget has written three children’s book to date: ‘WHO IS BOO: THE TERRIFIC TALES OF ONE TRICKSTER RABBIT’ which launched at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. In 2012, URBAN ANIMALS was released in support of the AGA’s TREX Touring show of the same name and this past August 2013, ‘WHO IS BOO 2: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit’ had it’s launch in Canmore. The Boo Series is currently being developed into a Children’s Television series as well working with a writing team from NYC to develop BOO into full scale musical premiering Spring 2013.
In winter of 2012, Bridget and visual artist Jason Carter opened up The Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta on Main Street, a place where art and live performance exist happily under the same roof. Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan continue a prolific and exciting partnership with Rabbit In The Yard Productions , a multi-media production company that produces short film, promotional video as well as music video, as seen here with Christian Hansen and the Autistics’ Cocaine Trade.
In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Consumer Choice Awards in Edmonton.