Ryan Fortney

Director of Business and Marketing


Ryan Fortney is a director, actor, and a life-long lover of Kansas City. Born and raised in KC, Ryan has only stepped away from the metro area once, when he got his masters in directing from the University of South Dakota. Before USD, Ryan received his BFA in performance from the University of Central Missouri. He has also been recognized on a national level by the Kennedy Center for his directorial achievements.

Ryan has directed over two dozen productions and acted in just as many. He has worked professionally from KC to South Dakota to NYC. His style of directing reflects his personal philosophy: always strive for happiness, always fight for love. His work is guided by this belief and therefore he endlessly searches for the humor and heart in any show he is lucky to work on. His first loves are his beautiful nieces and nephews, but KC comes in a close second, “I am so excited to bring Todd, Bailey, Coleman, Elaine, and my vision for the Forge Repertory Theatre to the KC metro. I love this company and I love this city.”

Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.