Ryan Clemens is a pretty fun guy. He's also an actor, director, playwright, teacher, and Mark Twain enthusiast. As Virginia Stage Company's Resident Theatre Artist, he has performed both on the main stage and in a variety of touring shows, classes and workshops. Among his greatest passions is his one-man show Meet Mark Twain.
Originally from Wyoming, Ryan began his career leading a travelling Wild West show. He has performed at theatres around the nation, with his recent work including four seasons with Norfolk's Virginia Stage Company and three seasons with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. He holds a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Regent University. He is also a member of the Actor's Equity Candidate Program.
Besides Mr. Twain, some of his favorite roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, and Arnold in The Boys Next Door. The best part he has ever gotten is that of Husband to his very sweet and supportive wife Sonja.
Ryan has performed at Equity and Non Equity show houses, summer theatres, Shakespeare Festivals, corporate events, libraries, churches, schools and community centers across the United States and in Switzerland.
Working for Old Dominion University, Virginia Stage Company, Governor's School For The Arts, colleges, camps and other organizations, Ryan presents classes and workshops on various theatre topics.
Whatever the venue, whatever the audience, Ryan knows how to work a crowd. In addition to acting, Ryan has won applause with Improvisational Comedy troupes, Rock and Roll bands, Pirate shows and even his Wild West Show!
An author of various short plays, childrens' plays, and comedy shows, Ryan has also directed for Universities and childrens theatres. Additionally he's created and toured a well-received anti-bullying program for elementary aged students.
For years, Ryan has both written and performed in "Mark Twain" productions, the most popular being his one-man show "Meet Mark Twain." Not only is Ryan a fan and scholar of Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain), he's also a relative!