Hal Ryder

Hal Ryder

4.7 (3)
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

I have bee in Theater for 47 years. I am British Trained as an actor. I work with intermediate to advanced students and focus on both inner and outer work for the actor. I set high goals and encourage students/actors gently to move toward those goals. I work intensly but also in a fun way. I generally work only with groups. Individual coaching only for advanced actors. I do not have a studio. I am still in touch with many many of my past students, I think that says something. My complete C.V. can be found at http://www.halryder.com. I also have profiles on Facebook, Linked In and other social websites.

I enjoy seeing students and actors grasp new concepts and applying them and both of us discovering new things.

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Seattle, WA 98188
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3 Reviews


  • Craig Cantley

    Directed/coached a musical I was in. Great insights.

  • Kelleen Blanchard

    Hal is a compassionate teacher and human. He patiently breaks down big concepts and is warm and witty.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Dedication to learning, skill as a teacher, wonderful presence. He has a great fund of knowledge and skillat communicating.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We meet and set the actors goals and expectations prior to any work. We plan a schedule and work out space and fees. After those practicalities are done, I would like to hear either a memorized speech or have someone read a speech from dramatic literature. We might read scene together. I would hope most lessons would be more than one person unless we are dealing with a)theory b)history. My modality of teaching is learning by doing. Getting actors on their feet and have learning experiences is the goal to start with. I also teach theater history and literature. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

University of Arizona Drama Depeartment

Univeristy of Miami Drama Depeartment

Univeristy of Washington B.A. Drama

Drama Studio London Certificate

Various workshops with industry leaders.

Preavious Acting and Directing over 200 productions

Professor Cornish College of the Arts 33 years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Coaching one on one for advanced actors: $60/hour plus space rental and/or travel expense.

2-12 hour class for 4 to15 people $100/hr

Residencies negotiable.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Shakespearean Acting Classes Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes