Visiting Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance
Phone: (212) 998-5131
Ryan Driscoll holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Vocal Pedagogy all from NYU Steinhardt.
He began his performing career when he was cast as the lead role of Hermie in SUMMER OF '42 which was developed at the Goodspeed Opera House and subsequently mounted in Ohio, California and Stamford, CT before opening off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre. For his performance, Ryan won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical and was nominated for Best Debut Performance by the Connecticut Critics Circle. He can be heard on the New York cast recording with Rachel York on JAY Records and is also featured with TV and film star Kristen Bell on the Fynsworth Alley recording of "Believe: The Songs of the Sherman Brothers." In addition to years as a professional actor, Driscoll has written orchestrations that have accompanied performers such as Laura Benanti, Stephen Pasquale and Patti LuPone.
Ryan currently works as a Broadway music copyist, having prepared the orchestra music for such shows as BRIGHT STAR, FUN HOME, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and BIG FISH among many others and has worked with composers and orchestrators such as Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Flaherty, Andrew Lippa, Larry Hochman, August Eriksmoen and Bruce Coughlin to name a few.
For his teaching experience, Ryan co-developed a music theatre program at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem, NYC with no previous arts program that is now represented by over a quarter of the school's student population. Ryan has also guest taught music and drama in Connecticut, teaches private voice and recently taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Song Analysis at NYU Steinhardt before joining the faculty. Professor Driscoll's academic interests lie in the integration between voice and acting technique and the pedagogical aspects of dramatic communication.
Driscoll is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Musicians.