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Ryan Hudak is a playwright, editor, theatermaker and filmmaker. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, where he studied under Rob Handel. His play Robbie Alex Cooper was a Semi - Finalist for the 2018 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Other plays include Oak, The West, The Firewatchers and Young Men in The Wet Grass. As an actor, Ryan has worked with Atlantic Theater Company and Primary Stages in New York, as well as toured with Re-Membering Antigone at Les Fetes Internationales Du Theatre in Montreal. He has worked on the administrative side of PlayPenn: New Play Development, Keen Company and MCC Theater. He is a graduate of C.W. Post, Long Island University with a BFA in Acting. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at Lehman College.


"You will go to bed tonight and rise in morning, as if this was a dream. There will be a prick of pain that lingers, but soon that will dissolve into the air around you. You will live to see if the day will be different or entirely the same, you will walk through the hours and maybe grow a bit more fully. I’ve opened your heart and it won’t stay hidden any longer….no matter how hard you try, it will burst open and…..soar. And you will soar with it, as high as the clouds and sun….it will not be contained. I’ve opened your heart. You’ve opened my eyes, now open yours."


- Virginia, The West by Ryan Hudak