In this new interview with writer and lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver, he talks about teaming up with Lindsay Mendez to teach aspiring young performers, the difficulties of writing lyrics and his new upcoming projects!
You can catch Ryan, Lindsay Mendez and more at 54 Below on December 10th! Click here to get tickets!
Aside from writing music and lyrics, you are an adjunct professor at Pace University and you also hold the title of artistic director at the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program in California. Could you tell us a little bit about what you teach/your position?
What do you want your students to take away from your class/lectures?
Did you receive any advice at the beginning of your career that helped you pursue your dream?
Have you always been involved with theatre? Was/is your family involved in the arts as well?
What are some of the challenges you face when it comes to writing music and writing lyrics? Is one easier than the other?
Where do you get your inspiration? Do you ever get writer's block?
You have written a lot of original pieces. What is that process like? How do you come up with all of these different ideas for shows?
Both you and Lindsay Mendez are involved in Actor's Therapy. Could you tell us a little about this program? What exactly do you do?
You won the 2009 Jonarthan Larson Grant. Could you tell us a little bit about the process? How did you feel when you received the grant?
What are you most passionate about in your own life?
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
What is your favorite book? Favorite movie?
Speaking of movies, what movie would you like to adapt for the stage?
What is your weakness/something you would like to improve on, personally and professionally?
Are there any future projects coming up that you are excited about?
What is your favorite NYC spot?
What has been your quintessential New York moment?