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Theatre in the Round (Rock)
Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be
"...– "we" being the Penfold triumvirate of Sean Martin, Ryan Crowder, and Nathan Jerkins – "we saw a disconnect:..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hidden Room Theatre Resurrects King Lear
The once-popular but now obscure revision of Shakespeare's play by Nahum Tate is revived, complete with happy ending
"...In Lear's titular role is Ryan Crowder, a Hidden Room regular and producing artistic director..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Arts Feature by Stephanie Carll

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
"...a big deal last year," says Producing Artistic Director Ryan Crowder. "We began last year with all of our..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Moonlight and Magnolias
The play doesn't know what it wants to be, but it's still a fun night of theatre, especially for film buffs
"...As Penfold Producing Artistic Director (and this production's Selznick) Ryan Crowder states of the script in his program notes:..."

Oct. 19, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare's troubling comedy, done old-school, gets a new lease on life
"...he's the immovable object to the irresistible force of Ryan Crowder's tempestuous Kate – his "taming" feels less like..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Penfold Theatre's Crime and Punishment
In this stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, a fascinating glimpse into the more twisted corners of the human mind
"...Raskolnikov (Ryan Crowder) is an educated man now living in arguably..."

April 5, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Actors' Inequity
The Cost of Art IV: The artists onstage in Austin aren't just not paid what they're worth, many aren't paid at all
"...has two Equity actors budgeted for this season, and Ryan Crowder, producing artistic director, says "the presence of an..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

This struggle between an aging Mark Rothko and his idealistic assistant is a good fit for Penfold Theatre
"...he can even afford to hire an assistant, Ken (Ryan Crowder), to help him manufacture the paintings commissioned by..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The script for Penfold Theatre's latest outdoor production has its flaws, but what the company does with it is great
"...good cast, under the direction of Penfold Artistic Director Ryan Crowder...."

June 21, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The History of King Lear
A long-reviled revision of Shakespeare's tragedy proves fascinating as revived by the Hidden Room Theatre
"...fury is real, thanks to the fluidity with which Ryan Crowder integrates his poses of outrage with the honest..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock takes a comic turn in Penfold Theatre's three-actor spin on the Holmes mystery
"...loyal but, in this version, feckless assistant Dr. Watson (Ryan Crowder) are asked to protect the final heir in..."

June 26, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Merry Devil of Edmonton
Hidden Room Theatre resurrects an odd comedy of Shakespeare's day
"...enhanced in the Hidden Room Theatre's staged reading by Ryan Crowder's suavity as Fabell and by James Callas Ball's..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Now Then Again
Penfold's staging propels us through the time-space continuum to see one romance play out in many alternate ways
"'s a simple story told with effective direction by Ryan Crowder and framed by simple yet evocative production elements..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Romeo and Juliet
Penfold's condensed version of Shakespeare's play, played by five actors, brings out the heart of the tragedy
"...pared down to be played by only five actors. Ryan Crowder (who also plays Romeo) has condensed the script..."

June 27, 2014 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Pavilion
Penfold Theatre offers an example of a great production built on an almost-great script
"...Theatre Company under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Ryan Crowder...."

May 11, 2012 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Servant of Two Masters
A straight-up goofball comedy makes an ideal outdoor summer show
"...their quest to find one another, the clownish Truffaldino (Ryan Crowder, also Penfold's producing artistic director) hires himself out..."

Aug. 12, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Love's Labour's Lost
A Sixties beach proves a fitting and enjoyable setting for the Bard's comedy
"...Ferdinand, King of Navarre (Ryan Crowder) has declared that he and the three male..."

May 13, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Going With Jenny
Like the couple in it, this new play about marriage has charm but could use a spark
"...Penfold Theatre Company production also enjoys solid direction from Ryan Crowder and a clever scenic arrangement and lighting design..."

Jan. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Penfold Theatre's first show in Round Rock delivers a pleasant evening of laughs
"...Ryan Crowder, Judd Farris, and Nathan Jerkins make up the..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Three Days of Rain
Few young stage companies risk as much or succeed as well as Penfold Theatre Company does
"...As director, Ryan Crowder does a much better job of bringing together..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Rocketing Through Hard Times
Yellow Tape and other small theatre groups blast past the black hole of the recession
" a full season of programming. Says Penfold co-founder Ryan Crowder, "There's sort of a leap of faith when..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Play's the Thing
Nine local directors on the secrets of season selection
" commit that far ahead," says Penfold Artistic Director Ryan Crowder. "There's always a gamble when [we announce our..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

Consummate Artistry
The 2013-14 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Ryan Hamilton, Fat Pig..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"It Was a Difficult Choice, But..."
The Austin Critics Table named its tops in the arts for 2014
"...Ryan Hamilton, Fat Pig..."

June 3, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Ryan Hamilton, Fat Pig..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Clybourne Park
This company has vibrant success with Bruce Norris' racial drama that shows how far we haven't come in 60 years
" the face of some pretty ridiculous white neuroses. Ryan Crowder and Stephen Price turn in fully realized performances..."

June 3, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

The Great Artdoors
Summer's here, and the time is right for outdoor performances all over Central Texas
"...giant sea turtles, and a man-eating octopus. Artistic Director Ryan Crowder directs Robert Berry, Nathan Jerkins, and Julie Linnard...."

May 17, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Stats
"...Ryan Crowder, producing artistic director..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Arts Feature

All the elements fuse to create a genuinely satisfying evening of theatre
"...respectable widow and her adult son (Penfold Artistic Director Ryan Crowder) giving due homage to the memory of their..."

Oct. 28, 2011 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
"...felt fresh thanks to a sense of play and Ryan Crowder's fine turn as Kate...."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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