Peggy Ryan: Specializing in theatre marketing and community outreach for the arts, travel advising, and marketing instruction at the university level. Download and view my resume.
While I’ve had the pleasure of working on famed productions such as The Lion King (Los Angeles production), and the annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, my heart lies in bringing the arts to people and bringing people to the arts. In pursuit of my passion, I’m currently the Digital Media Manager at San Diego Repertory Theatre, and I have also had the pleasure of consulting with diverse arts organizations including the San Diego Asian and Italian Film Festivals and the Hiawatha Project. I spent much of my professional theatre marketing career at The Old Globe Theatre, stepping in as Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, and managing grassroots marketing campaigns and project-specific outreach, such as relationship building on behalf of The Old Globe’s autism-friendly performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Before I arrived at The Old Globe, my professional exploration of the arts began at UC San Diego’s esteemed theatre program, where I graduated with a B.A. in theatre and an emphasis in directing and stage management. Through my studies, I developed a relationship with the La Jolla Playhouse, where I managed their ACCESS program for audience members with disabilities, and later assisted director Robert Egan on Charlayne Woodard’s production of The Night Watcher.
I left San Diego to begin my graduate studies in order to more skillfully pursue my passion for arts outreach and audience development. I studied arts management at both Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, and the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy.
While at Carnegie Mellon, I served as the inaugural Marketing Fellow for the College of Fine Arts, and while at the University of Bologna, I served as a career advisor and transition assistant for incoming graduate students, and taught English for Bologna-based companies including Ducati and Crif. My graduate research in arts in education brought me to both Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Theatre Communications Group in New York.
Through Peggy Ryan Designs, I have had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of my project-based work, from teaching marketing for San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film as well as for FH Kufstein University in Kufstein, Austria, to leading tours of students and faculty in Italy for CISabroad, to managing the marketing efforts for the Pittsburgh-based theatre company, Hiawatha Project, and stage managing annually for Ojai Playwrights Conference.
While the scope of my work seems large and varied, the common thread is connecting people with culture and arts, which keeps me both challenged and rewarded with every twist and turn of my career.
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