Ryan Ernst

Technical Director and Actor

Ryan was born and raised in Waterford and is a Michigan man through and through. He spent his formative years searching for something that intrigued him...nothing really did until he started working in the family business: a greenhouse. This instilled a sense of focus and determination that eventually lead him to college and the decision to go after something he'd yet to admit he loved: theatre.

He received his degree in theatre arts at University of Michigan, where he worked all angles of the artform finding which area was the best fit. He also started working locally in theatre during this time and realized he had a passion for both acting and teaching, which lead him to the Masters Program at Eastern Michigan University.

Starting this summer with a lack of confidence in his abilities, he shyly accepted his first role with Slipstream: Orsino in Twelfth Night. From there it became "the summer of Shakespeare" as he went on to play Maria in the Encore Production of Twelfth Night, Tranio in Taming of the Shrew, and finally Romeo in Romeo & Juliet with Shakespeare in Detroit. He will also be seen in Titus Andronicus in February at the Elizabeth Theatre.

Ryan is a vegetarian but has been known to consume ENORMOUS amounts of ice cream or frozen yogurt in one sitting, followed by a full meal of filafel and mujadra. He is a total "geek" at heart, fancies himself a "man of the woods" and will "kick your butt at any video game" (as long as he has time to practice).

"Detroit needs all the artistic representation it can get. It's home to me, and I want to be able to do what I love in the place that I love, and I want other people to be able to do the same. It's more of a community here, and everyone brings an energy, a sense of humility, and a shared passion for maintaing a strong artistic presence here. Home. Slipstream is a company that focuses on this core idea and it's theatre with a purpose. We have a reason behind the seemingly wild themes of each show and we are willing to push bounds others may not. Plus. I get to work with some really awesome people, and that's a beautiful thing."