Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Ryan Scott Oliver


Ryan Scott Oliver

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Guest Composer and Lyricist
We Foxes (ĭmáGen, 2017)

Ryan Scott Oliver was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly) and is “shaking up musical theater with his dark, twisted and genius work … [Oliver] could very well be musical theater’s answer to an auteur filmmaker or a gothic novelist” (Huffington Post).  He is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse, Pace University, and the recipient of a Lortel Award Nomination as well as numerous fellowships, residencies and ASCAP awards.  He wrote the music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland (off-Broadway; the 5th Avenue Theatre), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition; Darling; Mrs. Sharp; Otherbody, a brief musical allegory, and more. He is at work on his “Dogs Trilogy” of original musical commissions: We Foxes, Rope and Three Points of Contact.  Find writings, videos, tweets, and more of his morbidly optimistic musings @ryanscottoliver on all platforms. ryanscottoliver.com

ĭmáGen is a collaborative venture between the MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre and the MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center.