Ryan McKittrick

ryan mckittrickAssociate Professor of the Practice of Theater Arts


  • Moscow Art Theatre School, Master of Theater Arts

  • Harvard University, BA


Ryan McKittrick is associate professor of the Practice of Theater Arts at Brandeis University and the director of Artistic Programs/Dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Working with directors from around the world, he has served as the lead dramaturg on more than 30 professional productions of dramas, musicals and operas, over half of which were world premieres. His articles on theater have appeared in The Boston Globe, Correspondence, Theatre, A.R.T. News and ARTicles, and his co-translations for the stage with Julia Smeliansky include Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" and "Lady with a Lapdog," Rezo Gabriadze's "Forbidden Christmas" and "The Selected Letters of Olga Bokshanskaya."

Awards and Honors

  • National Theatre Conference Award (2002)

  • TCG Next Generations Award (2002-04)


  • "In The Body of the World." By Eve Ensler. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. American Repertory Theater, May 2016.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "Embracing the Challenges: An Interview with Diane Paulus." SDC 1. Winter (2016): 4.
  • "Crossing: A New American Opera." By Matthew Aucoin. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. American Repertory Theater, Shubert Theater, May 29 to June 6 2015.
  • Chekhov, Anton. "The Seagull." Trans. McKittrick, Ryan and Smeliansky, Julia. Waltham, MA: Brandeis Theater Company, 2014.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "Building The Great Society: An Interview with All The Way Playwright Robert Schenkkan." A.R.T. Guide Fall 2013. 1 (2014): 3-6.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. Dramaturg, "Witness Uganda." 2014. American Repertory Theater, Cambridge. (World Premiere Musical).
  • McKittrick, Ryan, National Theater of Norway. "Moscow's First Uncle Vanya." National Theater of Norway Program for Liv Ullman's Production of Uncle Vanya 1. May (2013): 8-10.
  • "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." By George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. Loeb Drama Center, American Repertory Theater, September 2011.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "In Harmony With History: An Interview with Porgy and Bess Musical Adaptor Diedre Murray." A.R.T. Guide Fall. 1 (2012): 25-26.
  • "The Blue Flower." By Jim and Ruth Bauer. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. American Repertory Theater, American Repertory Theater, December 2010.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "The (Re)making of a Myth." A.R.T. Spring Guide Spring 2011: 2.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "Studio 54 and Gospel Miracles." A.R.T. Shakespeare Exploded Festival Guide Fall 2009: 10-12.
  • "Ajax in Iraq." By Ellen McLaughlin. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. Zero Arrow Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, September 2008.
  • "Endgame." By Samuel Beckett. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. A.R.T., February 2009.
  • "The Seagull." By Anton Chekhov. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. American Repertory Theatre
  • "Cardenio." By Stepehn Greenblatt and Chuck Mee. Dramaturg McKittrick, Ryan. American Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, May 2008.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "From Lake Como to Cambridge: An Interview with Stephen Greenblatt and Chuck Mee." ARTicles ARTicles 6.4. Spring 2008 (2008): 3.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "A Trip to the Underworld: An Interview with Composer and Playwright Rinde Eckert." ARTicles 3. 4 (2006): 2.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "How Romeus Became Romeo: Arthur Brooke's "Romeus and Juliet" and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet." ARTicles ARTicles 4.3. February-March 2006 (2006): 2.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "Living Dolls: In The Onion Cellar with The Dresden Dolls." ARTicles 5. 2 (2006): 2.
  • McKittrick, Ryan. Dramaturg for world premiere of "Orpheus X." 2006. American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA. (Play).
  • McKittrick, Ryan. Dramaturg for world premiere of "The Onion Cellar." 2006. American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA. (Play).
  • McKittrick, Ryan with Julia Smeliansky. "The Information Machine: Olga Bokshanskaya's Letters to Nemirovich-Danchenko." Theater vol. 36. Number I (2005): 12.
  • McKittrick, Ryan with Smeliansky, Julia. "Forbidden Christmas." 2004. John Jay Theatre, Spoleto Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Theatre Lliure, Zellerbach Hall, New York City, Charleston, Minneapolis, Barcelona, San Francisco. (Translation of New Play by Rezo Gabriadze starring Mikhail Baryshnikov).
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "Moliere's Miser." ARTicles ARTicles 2.4. June 2004 (2004): 2.
  • McKittrick, Ryan with Smeliansky, Julia. "Lady with a Lapdog." 2003. American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA. (Translation of short story for stage adaptation).
  • McKittrick, Ryan. "New Russian Theatre: The Moscow Scene." Correspondence Spring/Summer 2000. 6 (2000): 2.