Ryan Kasprzak Choreographer

Storytelling at the speed of funny

Photo by  James Jin Images

Ryan recently made his Broadway debut in the swing fueled musical Bandstand under the direction of two-time Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights).  He celebrated an incredible year highlighted by a performance on the Tony Awards, a best choreography win for Andy, and the personal gratification of a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Outstanding Male Dancer. Previously, Ryan choreographed the critically acclaimed Southern Comfort at the Public Theater, the world premiere of Brave New World: The Musical at NC Stage Company, and Mary Poppins at NCT.  He was honored to serve as assistant choreographer alongside Emmy winner Josh Bergasse on NBC’s Smash.  He was associate resident choreographer and dance captain for the national tour of Billy Elliot.  Ryan was dance captain on the international tour of Fosse and studied the style with Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, and Ben Vereen.  Along with his brother Evan, he appeared and choreographed on Fox’s So You Think You can Dance.  He has choreographed national commercials for Hershey’s, White House Black Market, and Sun Drop soda and created movement for David Blaine’s Real or Magic tour.

Ryan continues to create new work with multi Drama Desk Award nominated Parallel Exit: Physical Comedy Theater. Their production of This Way, That Way prompted the NY Times to say Kasprzak, “can get laughs simply by breathing” and their comic tap musical Time Step was seen at the New Victory Theater, Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Institute and Cos Festival in Spain. Their show Exit Stage Left was presented at the Queens Theater, toured the US, and played variety theaters throughout Germany.

His choreography has been featured at the NY Musical Festival in Academia Nuts (Best New Musical), and Best of Fest winners Cloned and Volleygirls.  He is part of the resident faculty at The Performing Arts Project and a professor and alumnus of Marymount Manhattan College.  

Originally from Michigan, Ryan continues to spread his uniquely comedic and fun loving physical storytelling throughout the world.  His energetic teaching style creates an environment where imagination and play support the creativity of the choreography.  A firm believer in the science of comedy, Ryan continues to educate dancers on the art of the gag and ways to create bold, physical characters with simplicity, specificity and the economy of movement.