Ryan is Nēhiyawi/Cree/ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐃ from Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) whose family comes from the Michel Band First Nation. Ryan has worked as an actor, producer, director, manager and event creator for over 25 years. His company, Cunning Concepts & Creations, produces and tours the award-winning production HUFF, written and performed by Cliff Cardinal. Originally produced by Native Earth Performing Arts under the Artistic Direction of Ryan Cunningham. Most recently Ryan has acted with Crows Theatre (Julius Caesar), The Shaw Festival (An Octoroon, Madness of King George, Grand Hotel, Oh, What a Lovely War) and can be seen playing the role of Darcy Douglas in all five seasons of the award-winning APTN series, Blackstone. An alumni of the RBC Director Development Residency at Canadian Stage and current Artist in Residence at the Canadian Stage-University of Toronto, BMO Lab. He has been nominated for the KLM Hunter Artist Award and the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize.