Ryan Producing Artistic Director, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
B.A., University of Richmond
Grant Mudge is in his fifth year at Notre Dame, having previously served as the Founding Artistic Director for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival (VA) for more than fifteen years. Grant's acting, directing, and producing credits include more than 100 productions, among them: Death and The Maiden, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, the title roles in Henry V and Macbeth, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Our Town, Les Misérables, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Rover, and for FTT, The Servant of Two Masters and Clybourne Park. His production of Midsummer was filmed for PBS affiliate WCVE-TV and is still regularly rebroadcast. Grant ended his time in Richmond with a fourteenth consecutive year playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for Two Actors.
Here at Notre Dame, in 2013 he created NDSF: On Tour, which brings performances and accompanying workshops to middle and high schools throughout Michiana. In January of 2016 Grant co-hosted the annual conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA), and completed two years on the organization’s Executive Committee.
Finally, the recently completed 2016 NDSF Professional Company production of The Tempest was the best-attended and highest-grossing production in the seventeen (17) year history of the Festival.
The Ryan Family Directorship was established through an estate gift from Mary Irene Ryan, a lifelong Notre Dame fan and alumna of the drama school at Carnegie Mellon University. Irene was married to the late John T. Ryan Jr., who served as a University Trustee for many years. They had six children, five of whom graduated from Notre Dame.
On Twitter @gmudge