According to her website, Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director and television host in Edmonton. Her talent is both inherited and earned. She’s the daughter of Tim Ryan, the founder of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Progam and Maralyn Ryan, actor, director and arts educator. Bridget graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program in 1993 and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 1996 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, debuting at Don’t Tell Mama’s with RANT CONTROL (to which she garnered ‘Most Promising New Talent’ /Strawhat Awards). Bridget has performed all over Canada (Sudbury Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, and Workshop West) and has worked with some fantastic directors (Jim Guedo, Bob Baker, Ron Jenkins, Tim Ryan, and Jim Brewer.
She has also toured Ramona Quimby with TheatreWorksUSA which took her into over 30 states in the US, including performing on the ‘The Ford Theatre’ in Dallas. After touring the US, she settled at Richard Frankel Productions (THE PRODUCERS, STOMP, HAIRSPRAY) where she worked side by side with Richard Frankel and Marc Routh, and learned a great deal about ‘the other side of theatre’, and the challenges and victories of producing theatre.
Upon arriving back in Edmonton, Bridget worked at the Citadel as an actor and Musical Director and began directing at MacEwan. Directing Credits include WEIL IN WEIMAR (Edmonton Opera), SPITFIRE GRILL (Leave It To Jane Theatre), Musical Direction for THE CHRISTMAS CAROL (Citadel Theatre), WedLOCKED:A NEW MUSICAL, SATURDAY NIGHT CLUB, and MILE HIGH MADNESS (Mayfield Theatre) FOLLIES, NINE, CIDER HOUSE RULES, MARIE CHRISTINE, BERNARDA ALBA, GRAND HOTEL (MacEwan College). She is currently directing LITTLE ME with the 2nd Years Haar Main Stage Production at MacEwan College.
Bridget’s first attempt at writing came early when she started writing monologues for herself. She wrote a monologue called POWER WOMAN that she entered into Playwrights Union of Canada in 1997 and was thrilled when it was published. She began to write ferociously after that. Writing credits include MILE HIGH MADNESS (Mayfield Theatre June ’01), COUNTING AMERICANS (produced at the Fringe ’04), MYLES: THE HYPOALLERGENIC SUPERHERO (Edmonton Fringe ’04 and Fringe NYC ’07) SATURDAY NIGHT CLUB (Mayfield Theatre June ’05) and most recently WedLOCKED: A new Musical (Mayfield Theatre June ’08).
She also wrote THE WINTER’S TALE PROJECT: A MUSICAL with Chris Wynters , a new rock and roll musical which won 4 Sterling Awards in 2004 including Best Musical at the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and went on to play at FringeNYC. Red Deer College included it in their season last year (2008).
In 2001, Bridget was a guest on a show called Big Breakfast while promoting a show called ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’. After the show closed, Bridget became a sub and in 2003 offered a full time position. Since then, she has brought mornings and morning shows to new heights…LITERALLY! In 2006, she was the first On-Air Host in Canada to repel LIVE down the side of a 31 story building with the Drop Zone (in support of the Easter Seals), with her camera man by her side.
One can tune in any given morning and see Bridget learning a new synchronized swimming routine, barreling down the side of our local ski hill in an effort to break the ‘Fastest Log Roll’ or being put through the paces with the ladies and gentlemen of the Military out at the Canadian Forces Base.
Bridget is committed to focusing on Edmonton and celebrating what a great and diverse city this is. As Producer and Host, she has created ‘How Cool Is Your School’, ‘Say What?!’ and ‘Finish That Phrase’, where awesome Grade 2 students do just that…the result…often hilarious. During the holiday season – Bridget will take to the streets and perform ‘RANDOM ACTS OF CHRISTMAS’…something she started producing/hosting back in 2005. The response was overwhelming!
Bridget is also committed to doing everything she can to promote those that are the unbelievable angels in our community. She was the Spokesperson for Canadian Liver Foundation and The Kidney Foundation of Canada. She received the AWARD of MERIT in 2009 for her work with the Easter Seals. Since 2008, Bridget has been an Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity (complete with a pink hard hat!) and is a huge supporter of WIN HOUSE. Bridget comes from a performing arts background, so she has put her talents to good work as well.
In 2007 Bridget created THE BREAST SHOW with Shannon Tyler, a hilarious musical cabaret, celebrating women’s strength and courage, that continues to be performed across this province, creating awareness as well as a few laughs. She has MC’d/Auctioneered for just about every organization in this city, from UNITED WAY to THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL’S FESTIVAL OF THE TREES, and considers it a huge honor every time she steps up to the microphone.
Most recently, Bridget was acknowledged as Edmonton’s WOMAN OF THE YEAR by the 2010 Consumer Choice Awards at the Shaw Conference Centre alongside Kevin Martin, receiving Man of the Year.