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Jessica Ryan

changemaker • creator • founder



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featured projects


Oh for A Muse of Fire


Director Jessica Ryan kickstarted The Guthrie Theater's 2020 VIrtual Benefit opened with this prologue from Henry V, featuring an all-star roster of Guthrie alums and shot entirely remotely. Mark and David sent in the entire speech, and the other actors sent four lines. Jess and her production team dug into the challenge of working to create a connection between the actors, even though they were apart. 

Directed by Jessica Ryan
Produced by Broadway Unlocked
Edited by Aaron Milus
Sound Design by Zack Quarles
Dramaturgy by Carla Steen and Heidi Schmidt
Featuring Mark Rylance, Laila Robins, Don Cheadle, Brenda Wehle, John Carroll Lynch, Courtney B. Vance, Emily Swallow, Ricardo Chavira, Ryan Michelle Bathe and David Hyde Pierce

MALA and Idealist Present: Does Storytelling Impact Careers?


On 2/2, Jessica joined the Muslim American Leadership Association and an esteemed group of panelists for 

a dynamic discussion on how personal stories impact career trajectories.

This storytelling session explored how our stories, skills, abilities, expertise, personal traits and characteristics, values, and accomplishments set us apart in the workplace.

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The Broadway Unlocked #Giveback Concert

creator • showrunner

The #giveback concert re-defines what change looks like in the digital era by seamlessly blending live theatre, digital media and interactive technology that brings together a community inspired to action.


In New York City, Broadway, TV, Film and YouTube stars come together to weave stories of strength and hope and raise funds for the groundbreaking work of Crime Victims Treatment Center, where any survivor of violence can receive life-saving treatment - completely free of charge. Over 8 years, this concert has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for survivors of violence.

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Take Me To Coffee Podcast

creator • co-host

Why have just one mentor when you can have the whole internet?  Each week, co-hosts and theatre creators Jessica Ryan (Broadway Unlocked) and Andrew Call (Hamilton) have coffee with experts across every field imaginable, from the founder of CURVYcon and Instagram influencer CeCe Olisa, to star of NBC's Community, Danny Pudi, to sex worker and therapist Janis Luna. #TM2CPodcast is for anyone who looks outside of the box for inspiration and knows just how important a great mentor can be. New episodes Tuesdays!




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past • present • future shindigs

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Emery Awards

Script & Speechwriter for Nico Torterella, Amber Heard, DC Comics & more at the 2019 Emery Awards.

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Coming Attraction

At the height of Hollywood's rise to talking pictures, Louis B Meyer is recruiting talent and Greta Garbo answers his call. In this invite-only reading, Jess had the room rolling in laughter as  Carmel Meyers, a veteran silent movie actress who delights in her excessive

sartorial style. 

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Still Here

Associate Producer on MT Shorts new short musical film "Still Here", written by Roseberry & Klose, featuring Lana Gordon and Nate Stampley.

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Why have just one mentor when you can have the whole internet? Broadway Unlocked"s Jess Ryan and Hamilton's Andrew Call launch a new mentorship podcast for the digital age.

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Hanky Panky

Winner of Ken Davenport's PRO Reading Series FA19, Jess directed an all-star reading featuring Paige Davis, Jeff Still, Jay Klaitz & more