Ryan Hope Travis is an actor, director, and multi-hyphenate filmmaker. As an actor, he is featured in numerous independent films, 3 nationally syndicated guest star performances and 1 national commercial. For his onstage work, he was recently nominated “Best Actor in a Play” by Broadway World, 2018. As a multi-hyphenate filmmaker (e.g. actor/writer/director), Ryan has 8 short films to his credit, with several having their world premieres at film festivals in New York City, NJ, Los Angeles, and most recently at the Academy Award-qualifying, Atlanta Film Festival. His debut feature film, Cocoa in the Dark, is currently in post-production.
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 9 years of university teaching experience. He taught acting and other theater courses at Syracuse University, Colgate University, and the University of Florida, among others. He was recruited by the Dean at Syracuse University to develop a pilot community theater program that connected Syracuse community members with SU students. In that capacity he successfully directed and conceived 8 original productions, for which he was presented the “Special Recognition for Artistic Contribution” Award by Vera House, a non-profit organization for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. His arts administration experience also includes serving as Executive Artistic Director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company in Syracuse, NY, and the Engaging Men Project Coordinator and Youth Project Director at Peace Over Violence in Los Angeles.
Ryan pursued Black Studies in college (B.A., Fort Valley State University) and graduate school (M.A., Syracuse University). He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida ('12). He has written for The SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, 2015 and Syracuse New Times. Additionally, he is the founder and head filmmaker of Arcable, a film production company dedicated to producing works of art rooted in social commentary.