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Meet Ellen De Young and Ryland Thomas

June 27, 2012 - 12:43 PM

Each day, we’ll be introducing you to members of the Riverside Theatre in Park professional and apprentice company…

Today meet Ellen De Young and Ryland Thomas

Ellen De Young

Assistant Stage Manager

Ellen De Young recently graduated from Dordt College with a degree in Theatre Arts and English Writing. She was involved in Dordt’s theatre department in several capacities from stage managing The Glass Menagerie and The Secret Garden to acting in Tartuffe and Hamlet. In the fall, Ellen will continue her stage managing endeavors at multiple theatres in the Minneapolis area.

Home base and Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

“What a great way to spend a summer! Even though we've been working, thinking, exploring, memorizing, moving set pieces, and building costumes, it's almost like we're all at summer camp. It's wonderful to be able to spend my days with Shakespeare and sunshine.”

Fun fact about Ellen: I typically swell up when I'm bitten by a mosquito.

Hobbies: Reading, playing piano, biking, making lists


Ryland Thomas

Orlando in As You Like It and Solanio/Ensemble in The Merchant of Venice

Ryland Thomas is excited to be making his Riverside Theatre debut. He recently appeared in Barrington Stage Company’s 10x10 New Play Festival and has also worked with the Unicorn Theater, Kansas City Actor’s Theater, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City. Ryland has his MFA in Acting from University of Missouri, Kansas City and his BA in Theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Home base: Hoboken, NJ

“Beautiful plays, a beautiful theater, really, what else would you want to do with your evening?”

Fun fact about Ryland: I like to memorize lines while juggling and spinning plates.

Hobbies: Reading, playing music, and making comic book versions of Shakespeare's plays

Click here to see a video of Ryland juggling watermelons during a day off from Riverside Theatre in the Park

Don't miss tonight's performance of As You Like It at the Festival Stage in Iowa City's Lower City Park! Performance starts at 8 p.m., Green Show starts at 7 p.m. For tickets call 319-338-7672.

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