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Ryan Marchand, Artistic Director, Acting and Movement Instructor.

Ryan is a founding member of 11th Hour Ensemble, a physical theatre troupe melding dance and theater forms, and the recipient of a 2010 CA$H Grant for an original adaptation and performance of "Alice." Ryan has performed in a range of SF Theatre events including the San Francisco Theatre Festival at the Yerba Buena Gardens and the Bay One Acts Festival. In 2013, Ryan performed in San Francisco State University's highly acclaimed production of "A Chorus Line". Ryan also performs with the experimental Theatre of Yugen, whose work is founded in traditional Japanese theater forms. In June, 2014, Ryan performed in the world premiere of "This Lingering Life," produced in collaboration with the Playwrights Foundation. He performed in their 2009 adaptation of "Candide" and participated in their production of "Dogsbody", which premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Ryan has served as stage manager and movement director for Guerilla Rep in various productions, one of which (Aileen Clark's one woman show) was invited to be part of the 2011 NYC International Fringe Festival. He co-directed their premiere at the 2014 DIVAFEST in San Francisco. He first began working with children at Ryo Dojo, where he studied Hawaiian Kenpo karate under Grand Master Bill Ryusaki for over nine years. Ryan graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in French and a minor in Theatre Arts. Ryan has been teaching and directing with Handful Players for over 5 years.