|Christopher Ryan spent eight years as an award-winning Bronx crime and politics
reporter, winning awards as Best News columnist/NYS Newspaper Association, Journalist
of the Year/Children Are Precious, and a DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community
Service, among others. Simultaneously he earned honors for playwriting (Bronx Council
on the Arts) and screenwriting (a T.W. Wharton Award, and as a top 10 percent, then top
100 Nicholl’s Fellowship finalist). Around this time, he also co-wrote a song with Dennis
Bell, leader of the New Voices of Freedom, which the “rockspel” choir recorded as part of
the follow-up to their participation in the film U2: Rattle and Hum.
Chris also spent several years as a founding member/head writer for the Salsoul Comedy
Troupe, contributing over 30 original sketches, and performing both as a cast member
and occasionally as a stand-up comedian. As a vehicle for the troupe, he created an
original Latino sitcom “The Rich Life” considered for production by NBC.
He has even written a few comic books (featured in Mythography, Race Against Time,
Lost Tales of Erin, and on a strip version of Blackjack).
Primarily a writer, Chris has acted in several theatre productions in the New York/ New
Jersey area, including two main stage productions with the Bergen County Players,
Proposals and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
While teaching Creative Writing, Journalism, and English at Hackensack H.S. (where he
still teaches, and has been named to Who’s Who in American Education), Chris took
over the theatre department, directing students in well-received productions of Little
Shop of Horrors, Tommy the Musical, West Side Story, and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Soon after, he earned an MA and Rutgers University’s English Award for Highest
Distinction in Literary Studies for his master’s “thesis” — a first novel. He is currently
seeking representation for that work, CITY OF WOE, which features detectives Mallory
and Gunner, who made their debut in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Crime and Suspense
Magazine. Another Mallory and Gunner tale “Seven Days” has been accepted for
publication in the venerable indy magazine Hardboiled. Most recently, he was honored
twice by Writer’s Digest for an inspirational police story featuring the Mallory character,
“Old Friends Long Apart” as well as a tongue-in cheek horror short “New Dad”.
Chris lives in New Jersey with his wife and twin sons.
|Feenix Films credits
"Jimmy Couldn't Be Here"
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