Ryan Kathman

Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing (Nebraska Wesleyan University)

 

 

 

 

Omaha native, Air Force brat, NWU alum, tuba player, one-time journalist and prodigal son returned to Lincoln after working as an educator, actor, director, playwright, fight choreographer and dialect coach in Nebraska, Minnesota, Tennessee and Kansas on both stage and screen. Besides directing at NWU, other Nebraska projects include with the Nebraska Rep (Humble Boy, Anatomy of Gray, among others), Flatwater Shakespeare (The Tempest) and Angels Theatre Co. (True West). Favorite projects include: creating and performing a one-man version of Shakespeare's Hamlet called One-Ham Manlet and premiering it in two states (for more info: onehammanlet.com); being on set as an actor with directors Robert Altman (in A Prairie Home Companion) and Alexander Payne (in Election); directing original adaptations of HamletJulius CaesarTwelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream; directing the original one-woman show Blue Collar Diaries at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (before it moved on to St. Paul's History Theater); producing/directing original Canterbury Tales adaptation Toward Canterbury in Minnesota (after premiering it as a student at NWU); the Chicago premiere of original short play From Grace; performing on Minnesota's Jungle Theater, Playwright's Center, Illusion Theater, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater stages, Memphis' Playhouse on the Square and Theatre Memphis' stages, and as a lead in the feature film Vipers in the Grass with Dean Winters (Oz, Brooklyn 99) and Harley Jane Kozak (Arachnaphobia, Parenthood). Most favorite projects: marriage to Jenny and being father to Gracie and George.

  • Actors Equity Association

Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

2019 NSCW - AACW & Interns

Aug 16, 2019 Rapier and Dagger Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Unarmed Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Broadsword Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Broadsword and Shield Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Small Sword Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Quarterstaff Ruston, Louisiana Recommended Pass
Aug 16, 2019 Knife Ruston, Louisiana Recommended Pass

University of NE-Lincoln

Apr 26, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass
Apr 26, 2009 Unarmed Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass
Apr 26, 2009 Quarterstaff Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass