About Me

Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA, is on USD’s Theatre Arts and Performance Studies faculty teaching acting, theatre, and music classes.  She specializes in acting and audition techniques, musical theatre, voice, dialect and singing techniques, and career design and entrepreneurship.  Professor Scrimger is a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and Voice and Speech Trainers of America (VASTA), a private coach for public speakers, singers and actors, and has received awards for her performances in musicals, Shakespearian comedies and contemporary dramas in San Diego, the Bay Area and New York City. Locally in San Diego, she has performed with New Village Arts, Moonlight Stage Productions, the Diversionary Theatre, SDSU, and Cygnet Theatre. Favorite roles: The Maiden’s Prayer (Libby), Fefu and Her Friends (Fefu), Bat Boy, The Musical (Meredith), The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake), A Chorus Line (Morales), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice). Her work has included Shakespearian tragedies, American classic comedies and dramas and nine seasons with Sacramento’s Music Circus (now California Musical Theatre).  Professor Scrimger received her BA in Theatre from Chico State University and her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.  She produces and directs special events, including cabaret and fashion shows in New York for D&G/Versace/Extè. Before coming to San Diego, she has taught acting, voice, modeling, and commercial voice over techniques independently in Chico, the Bay Area, and San Diego and with John Robert Powers in Marin County. Other professional credits include voice and dialect coach for The Old Globe’s productions of The RainmakerDouble Indemnity, and The Last Goodbye, La Jolla Playhouse’s Glengarry Glen Ross, musical director for San Diego’s Coastal Rotary and Jack In The Box. Professor Scrimger directed The Spitfire Grill and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at USD. Both shows received recognition from Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Ryan is a KCACTF respondent for Region VIII productions and adjudicator for various singing and performance competitions: Campus SuperStar benefiting Hillel of San Diego, the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards Southwest Region Championship for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, and the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) San Diego. Ryan teaches an “Acting in Everyday Life” workshop for UCSD’s Extension Center for Life/Work Strategies. Professor Scrimger is the host of the Nederlander presented Broadway San Diego’s SAN DIEGO INSIDER series of pre-show talks for the national tours at San Diego’s Civic Theatre.


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