Ryan Blackledge

Ryan Blackledge

Ryan Blackledge is a guest instructor at the DSI Comedy Theater

Ryan Blackledge began performing improv in high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a founding member of The Whethermen at the University of Virginia. After a brief break from improv during his first years of law school, Ryan studied longform at the Comedy Conservatory in New Orleans under Yvonne Landry. In New Orleans, he performed on the teams Let's Settle for Mediocrity and Coldtowne, which is now based in Austin, Texas.

Ryan has performed with ComedySportz New Orleans, ComedySportz Philadelphia, and ComedySportz at DSI. More recently, Ryan performed with the Improv Slam show and wrote for DSI Witness News. He has also performed with the Mother Goose Project (three-time CageMatch champion) and Match Game.

He has taught both longform and shortform improv and directed DSI's ComedySportz show in 2007-08. Currently, Ryan directs DSI -- The Musical!

When not performing at the theater, Ryan works at the North Carolina General Assembly, drafting legislation. He lives in Durham with his lovely wife Meghan, their daughter Anne, and their two dogs, Tucker and Chloe.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA