Ryan began his theater career as a production assistant on Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, went on to assist Mel Brooks and Tom Meehan on The Producers, was assistant to the director of The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman, and assisted Tony Award winning producer David Binder on the 2007 High Line Festival curated by David Bowie. and 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda.
In the summer of 2008 Ryan discovered A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder during a chance phone call, and would go on to put together the producing team take it to Broadway. In 2014 A Gentleman's Guide... won four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Book.
In 2009 he created hit viral series Break Out in Song, a flash-mob video series with over 600,000 views, which brought musical theater to the streets of New York. He has been producing and developing independently since.
Based in London, Ryan is focused on developing a play adaptation of Dian Fossey's best-selling book Gorillas in the Mist with the film's Oscar Nominated screenwriter Anna Hamilton Phelan (Mask; Girl, Interrupted) and the Jim Henson Creature Shop designing the puppets.