Ryan is a Vice President at Lin Pictures servicing both live action and animated feature projects. In addition to supporting the development and production of the Lego universe, he focuses on further developing our existing feature slate and finding new material.
Ryan hails from Harvard where he studied Neurobiology and Economics, but spent most of his time pursuing the arts. He spent four years performing with and was head of the cast of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, America’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization. Outside of the antics of the Pudding, he performed, choreographed and directed slightly less burlesque productions at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge among other places on campus. His involvement in filmed sketch comedy was where he learned more about the filmmaking process and is what inspired him to break out of theater.
In the summer of 2011, Ryan tested the LA waters with an internship at Lin Pictures. After one more year in the northeast scanning brains, he decided he couldn’t stay away any longer.
Ryan was born in Chicago and grew up in Palo Alto, CA. He rarely refuses a challenge on the soccer field or a DDR mat.
Childhood ambition: To be Jim Carrey and/or first baseman for the San Francisco Giants
Fondest memory: Getting a pogo stick from Santa
Soundtrack: Book of Mormon, Disclosure, West Side Story, Muse
Retreat: Lake Tahoe
Wildest dream: To make a movie musical my dad would want to see
Proudest moment: Opening night of the first show I directed
Biggest challenge: Deciding something’s finished
Alarm clock: Sleep is for the weak. Like water.
Perfect day: Playing pickup soccer, in the rain, on a mountain, on an island in the middle of the ocean, followed by a hot tub, a big meal, and a live show. All with buddies. In space.
First job: Singing for tips at Coldstone Creamery
Indulgence: So You Think You Can Dance, chocolate chip cookies
Last purchase: Chipotle burrito bowl
Favorite movie: Fight Club, Short Term 12, The Social Network, Chicago, The Truman Show, The Silence of the Lambs
Inspiration: My family, Stephen Colbert, Mia Michaels, Christopher Nolan, Robin Williams
My life: Always a student