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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program where she teaches Acting for Musical Theatre, Theatre Entrepreneurship, Theatre and Society, and Acting.  A theatre professional for over 30 years, Professor Scrimger brings her expertise in musicianship and movement, acting and audition techniques, voice, dialect and singing training, career management, performance of classic, historical and contemporary literature, and arts integration in society and education.  She is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and received her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.  She has performed in musicals, plays, and films in San Diego, the Bay Area, New York, Virginia with favorite roles such as Meredith (Bat Boy, the Musical), Fefu (Fefu and her Friends), Betty Blake (Will Rogers Follies), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Miss Flannery (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), and Libby (The Maiden's Prayer).  Professor Scrimger has coached voice and dialects at the La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe Theatre and coaches privately to business professionals on effective interview and public speaking techniques.

Education

Professor Ryan Scrimger received her Master of Fine Arts from San Diego State University in Musical Theatre and her Bachelor of Arts from Chico State in Theatre Arts.  Her Master’s thesis project report is titled "When the Movie Meets the Musical: Cross-Pollination of Media in Bat Boy, the Musical."

Scholarly and Creative Work

Ryan Scrimger pursues pedagogical and research opportunities through the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and is a member of USD's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) community to encourage and enhance the development of academic writing and publication within our faculty.  Professor Scrimger has coached voice and dialects for the La Jolla Playhouse's production of Glengarry Glen Ross and The Old Globe's productions of The Rainmaker, Double Indemnity, and The Last Goodbye. She coaches privately to business professionals on effective interview and public speaking techniques. She has been an adjudicator for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has music directed special events for La Jolla's New Generation Rotary International and Jack-in-the-Box. She was the co-author of the grant that established the Musical Theatre Archive at SDSU.  She is a member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association and Theatre Communications Group.

Professor Scrimger has performed in musicals, plays, and films in San Diego, the Bay Area, New York, Virginia, and 9 years with Sacramento’s Music Circus (now California Musical Theatre), with favorite roles such as Meredith (Bat Boy, the Musical), Fefu (Fefu and her Friends), Betty Blake (Will Rogers Follies), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Miss Flannery (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), and Libby (The Maiden's Prayer). 

Teaching Interests

Professor Scrimger has lectured on the relevance of musical theatre history for today's viral-media generation and leads a series of workshops on the "Art of the Audition" for performers as well as coaching non-performers on effective public speaking and interview techniques. Ryan is passionate about growing young students of the theatre into thoughtful and inspired actors, teaching artists how to cultivate an enterprising approach to a career in the arts, as well as helping non-theatre students to recognize the presence of theatrical influences in everyday society.