Damien Ryan | Biography

Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove theatre is the multi award winning director Damien Ryan, who is at the forefront of directing Shakespeare in Australia. From Romeo and Juliet to Titus Andronicus, Damien is a master of finding a truth and relevance that connects classic texts to modern audiences. Sharing Damien’s passion for these plays, you can gain an insight into interpreting, performing and staging the Bard’s work with theatricality and clarity.

Damien Ryan is Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove Theatre, recently directing their new Australian production The River at the End of the Road in 2018.  He recently performed in Twelfth Night for Belvoir, directed by Eamon Flack, NORA for Belvoir, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks and Julius Caesar for Sport For Jove, directed by Michael Pigott. He has also directed the national touring productions of Hamlet and Henry V for Bell Shakespeare.

Previous directing credits: for SFJ include No End of Blame, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antony and Cleopatra, Antigone, Away, Love's Labour's Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys (with Terry Karabelas); and for Bell Shakespeare, co-directing Henry 4 with John Bell, Romeo and Juliet over three seasons, and the Actors at Work program. 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. Recent acting credits include Othello for SFJ, directed by Matt Edgerton, Hamlet directed by David Ritchie, and As You Like It directed by John Bell. He has also worked heavily in the Australian education sector, and bringing Shakespeare and theatre to young audiences is his life’s ambition.

Awards: Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Independent Production for Iago in Othello; Best Director and Best Production for Antigone; Best Independent Production for All's Well That Ends Well; Best Director and Best Mainstage Production Henry V; Best Director and Best Production for Cyrano de Bergerac; Best Production for The Libertine; and nominations for Best Director for The Libertine, Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.