Ryan Kleinman knew he was going to perform at a very early age. Blending his father’s opera career and his mother’s dance history, at the age of 9 Ryan stepped into his first musical, South Pacific. Since that first show, Ryan has continued to foster a love of, and a talent for, performing. After spending 2 years serving as a missionary, Ryan returned to the stage at The University of Arizona. It was there he gained an appreciation and understanding of classical theatre: Shakespeare, Chekhov, commedia dell’arte, Rodgers and Hammerstein; as well as participating in more modern works: Dr. Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), Brian (Avenue Q), and Albert (The Secret Garden).
During college, Ryan was able to begin a professional career as an actor. His first contract was with Prather Entertainment in their Phoenix production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as an ensemble member, where, among other characters, he was fortunate to wear a horse head and perform as one of the “four white mice that will never be four white horses”. This was his first step into the Phoenix professional world, where he continued to work and hone his craft for the next few years. Notable roles include Will Parker (Oklahoma), Tin Man (Wizard of Oz), and Capt. Hook (US, Peter Pan).
After a few years in Phoenix, Ryan decided it was time to try his luck and moved to New York City. After many auditions, and meeting wonderful friends along the way, he found himself working for a very small, but friendly boss, Mickey Mouse. He spent 6 months at sea performing on board the Disney Dream with his friends Capt. Hook and Kronk. Who knew being a pirate in the Caribbean could be so much fun? Ryan is happy to be back living in New York City, pursuing his dream.