Ryan Patrick Dolan

Ryan Patrick Dolan

Ryan Patrick Dolan has a MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, where he studied under Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. He also has a B.A. in Playwriting from Columbia College Chicago where he studied under playwright, Lisa Schlesinger. Ryan spent 15 years in Chicago as an improv comedian and coach, and a storefront actor. He is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, where he studied Meisner and Viewpoints....
Ryan Patrick Dolan has a MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, where he studied under Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. He also has a B.A. in Playwriting from Columbia College Chicago where he studied under playwright, Lisa Schlesinger. Ryan spent 15 years in Chicago as an improv comedian and coach, and a storefront actor. He is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, where he studied Meisner and Viewpoints. He writes dark, comedic plays that explore love and loss, passion and destruction, while trying to challenge the American stereotypes of gender, race, and sexuality.

Dolan’s play, “Daddy’s Little Girls,” was named a National Semifinalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s 10-minute play competition, the THE GARY GARRISON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEN-MINUTE PLAY. In conjunction with KCACTF, “Daddy’s Little Girls” also garnered him one of the eight, nationwide nominations for the National Partners of American Theatre Playwriting Award which recognizes “best-written, best-crafted script with the strongest writer’s “voice.”” His full-length play,“Moraine,” had a reading at the 2014 Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival at Ohio University, and at the Trellis Reading Series at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Moraine is being produced at CIC Theater this March and April in Chicago, and is being directed by Mary Rose O’Connor.

Dolan produced four one-act plays written by three other Ohio University playwrights and himself called “10-4: The Truck Stop Plays” at CIC Theater in Chicago in the Summer of 2014. Dolan’s one-act “Burger King,” was directed by Ashley Neal. Ryan’s play “The Peace of Westphalia” was awarded the first-ever workshop production in the playwriting program at Columbia College. His ten-minute plays have been produced by American Theater Company, and Brown Couch Theater. Ryan was the dramaturg at RedTwist theater for Kimberly Senior’s production of “The Pillowman,” and Keira Fromm’s production of “The Lobby Hero.” Both were nominated for Jeff Awards for “Best Play” and “Best Director.” Ryan is also a 12-year veteran of the Chicago improv scene. He has primarily improvised at iO and Annoyance Theaters, but also has performed and taught workshops at numerous festivals and universities around the country with his groups Revolver and Pudding-Thank-You. He also teaches workshops to Ohio University’s improv group, “Black Sheep.” His acting credits include productions at Steppenwolf Theater’s “Next Up” series, TimeLine Theater, Collaboraction, Strawdog, and Wildclaw Theater.

Plays

  • Putt-Putt
    Two teenage kids watch their divorced father try to make the putt of his life.
  • Puppylove
    Two ex's, Dan and Sarah, briefly reunite to spread the ashes of their beloved companion in his favorite dog park.
  • Margarita on the Rocks
    Polar opposites, Frank and Carmen find themselves alone in a dive bar on Christmas Eve.
  • Knife Play
    A couple blurs the line between kinky role playing and violence.
  • Kinderclubbin'
    Two Fiftysomething Kindergarten teachers hit a club to hook up.
  • Cop Night Stand
    The morning after Kelly, a tough female cop, hooks up with Nick, a college student, the two try to negotiate a graceful exit.
  • Burk & Andrew Visit France
    The King of France offers his daughters in marriage to two Scotsmen. A truly stupid comedy.
  • Born Again Love
    Before they get hitched by Pastor Abe, Mary wants David to be baptised again to wash away sins of a previous relationship with a Muslim girlfriend As the baptism transpires, there's a question of which religion we're supposed to be afraid of. A dark comedy.
  • Blue Ice Glacier
    Steven takes Kira up to the same glacier his parents were engaged on to pop the question. When the glacier is no longer there, the future of their relationship begins to melt away.
  • Last Meal
    Scotland 1350 A.D. Two friends enjoy their last meal in prison.
  • Daddy's LIttle Girls
    Two daughters celebrate their father.