Pollock Theater Director
1102 Pollock Theater
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Matthew Ryan earned his MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University in 2008. He has been the Pollock Theater Director since the theater opened in October 2010. He created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests such as writer/director/producer Jordan Peele (Get Out), writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and writer/director/producer David Mandel, actor Tony Hale, and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP).
Ryan has crafted a unique experience for UCSB students to work hands on with the production of the live multi-camera television show, which has generated 16.1 million views on the UCTV cable station. Student interns are given the opportunity to participate in industry-level experience to write, produce, direct and edit Q&A events and network with guest filmmakers. Many interns have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry thanks to the knowledge and experience gained from the Pollock Theater internship.