Ryan Hope Travis is an actor, director, writer, and multi-hyphenate filmmaker. He has directed 39 professional and academic productions, including 13 devised plays. As a multi-hyphenate filmmaker (i.e., writer, director, cinematographer), he has 10 short films to my credit, with several having their world premieres at film festivals in NYC, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, and the Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival. Ryan’s work has received the Bronze Award for Best Micro Movie and a Grand Jury Prize among other awards and recognition. His debut feature film, Cocoa in the Dark, is currently in post-production. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, having guest starred in HBO’s Emmy Award-Winning The Watchmen, Swamp Murders, and Dead Silent, and performed in 16 independent films, 1 national commercial, and 17 professional theater productions.
Ryan was commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts to write and perform A Shout in Salty Water, a one-man show based on interviews with 17 low-income African American fathers in Syracuse, NY. His other one-man show, June 16, is an autobiographical piece based on interviews with fathers in Washington D.C. Both productions explore the role poverty plays in fatherhood.
As an educator, Ryan has over 12 years of teaching experience at both universities and professional training institutions. He has taught and designed film, theatre, and creative writing courses at Colgate University, Syracuse University, the University of Florida, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has taught acting for the camera and other theatre courses at Los Angeles-based professional training institutions, the Theatre of Arts College for the Contemporary Actor, the Tasha Smith Actors Workshop, and the International Dance Academy. While in LA, he also spent part of his time as an acting coach for two internationally known actors and entertainers.
Ryan holds degrees in Acting (MFA, University of Florida), Pan African Studies (M.A., Syracuse University), African World Studies (B.A., Fort Valley State University), and is currently a doctoral student in Theatre and Performance Research (PhD, Florida State University). He has written for The SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America and Syracuse New Times. Ryan is also the founder and lead filmmaker of Arcable, a film production company dedicated to producing works of art rooted in social commentary, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.