Ryan Leder
BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Ryan Leder

Ryan made the transition from Creative Writing student to Playwright, Producer and Founder of his own theatre company, Theatre in Black, while still at university.

As a component of the Cultural Economies module, Ryan completed a placement with Action Transport Theatre. Engaging with his placement gave him the confidence and determination to independently produce his first play Numbered Days, creating his own opportunities in the highly competitive arts industry. The inaugural production was supported by the Student Opportunity Fund, which covered the travel costs and living expenses of the cast and crew.

In the same week, Ryan graduated from his Creative Writing degree and opened the initial run of his production at The Core at Corby Cube. Numbered Days received critical acclaim and embarks upon a national tour this year, and Ryan was awarded the first Dame Janet Suzman Playwriting Prize which recognises, nurtures and develops students’ playwriting talents.

“Ryan got out there and became not only a playwright, but a producer. It has paid off, and his play will now be going on a national tour which will showcase his work to a wider audience, opening up more opportunities.”

Billy Cowan, Lecturer in Creative Writing