Voice & Acting Instructor/Broadway Dream Roles
Matthew Ryan Pest is an educator and performer originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He received his BA in classical vocal performance from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a minor in theatre arts. He then moved to Los Angeles and graduated from Cal State LA with an MFA in television, film, and theatre acting. Along the way, he has worked with some incredible groups including Deaf West Theatre Company, the nation’s premier company creating performances inspired by Deaf culture and ASL, and the Circle Squared Collective (founding and active member), a bi-coastal ensemble-based acting company specializing in devised theatre created through Moment Work (Tectonic Theater Project). He has been performing professionally for fifteen years, coaching private voice for over ten years, and working as a music director for the past six years. But his heart lies with performing arts education and so enjoys working with young artists. In Champaign last year, Ryan taught for Class Act and was the music director for Central High School. He and his husband, Alfred, recently moved back to SoCal where they currently reside in San Diego with their dog, Bigsby.