Ryan Simpson began his theatrical journey with CYT/Spotlight back in 2001. He performed in 16 productions as a student with CYT/CCT. After graduating the program, Ryan attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he received his BFA in Music Theater. IWU credits included Pippin (Charlemagne), Passion (Lombardi/Father), and Scrooge (Fezziwig). Post-college Ryan began acting professionally and his first stop was performing in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Charlie Brown with Thin Air Theater Company in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Ryan then traveled to Maine to work for Theater at Monmouth for four seasons and performed in over a dozen productions, including The Sorcerer (Dr. Daly), Romeo & Juliet (Balthazar/Peter), As You Like It (Sylvius), The Comedy of Errors (The Dromios), Our Town (Howie Newsome), and James and the Giant Peach (Earthworm). Ryan also has an extensive improv background, having studied at the iO Chicago Training Center, performed with ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor, Maine, and currently can be seen as an ensemble member with GreenRoom Productions. Ryan has held many different positions with Spotlight throughout the years including Summer Camp Counselor, Teacher, Showcase Director, Customer Service Manager, School & Group Sales, and Director of Education. Ryan has been on eight directing teams, as vocal director, assistant director, and six of which as lead director: currently NW Cook’s Les Miserables, Concert Series’ Secret Garden and Camp Rock, Kenosha’s Aladdin, and Lake’s Hairspray, Hercules, and Willy Wonka. Ryan is thrilled to be delving into this new capacity for Spotlight and can’t wait to continue creating excellent productions and serving these students and families!