The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Father Ryan provides students with a spectrum of opportunities for pursuing their artistic and performing talents. Whether on the stage, on the field or in the studio, students receive exceptional training from the school's teaching artists, working professionally on their craft while teaching in the classroom, in addition to outstanding workshops presented by professional performers and touring companies.

Join Father Ryan in celebrating the arts through programs in the visual and performing arts for students who wish to dance, sing, act, paint or play an instrument. Students who participate in the arts have opportunities to perform and compete locally and internationally.

Notable Alumni

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  • Erin Davie ’95

    Erin Davie ’95 has appeared on stage throughout the country as well as on television with appearances that include Law and Order: SVU and The Good Wife. Broadway credits include: Grey GardensCurtains (with David Hyde Pierce) and A Little Night Music where she co-starred with Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta Jones.
  • Cruz Contreras ‘95

    Cruz Contreras ‘95 and his Americana band The Black Lilies have caught the ear of critics and fans alike. In summer 2014, Rolling Stone Magazine selected them as one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in country music, calling them “buzzworthy” and describing their style as “genre-mashing roots music with an Appalachian anchor.”
  • Keith Alberstadt ’91

    Keith Alberstadt ’91 is a New York City-based stand-up comedian who has appeared onLate Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Myers, been a contestant on 2014 Last Comic Standing and is a writer for SNL’s Weekend Update.
  • Jim McCann ’92

    Jim McCann ’92 began his career as a writer for TV and film leading him to his current work at Marvel Comics as a writer and illustrator.
  • Jason Erwin ’87

    Jason Erwin ’87 is a former Father Ryan artists-in-residence, whose art can be seen throughout the Southeast, including a multitude of restaurants in Nashville.  His paintings aren't limited to canvas. Jason's commissioned art includes everything from family portraits to singer Phil Vasser's pianos to murals for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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