Ryan Belock is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. As a designer-performer, he synthesizes projection design, music, and movement.
As a child, Belock dreamed of becoming a magician, chef, and marine biologist. He now enjoys the illusions, flavors, and unchartered waters of live performance.
Ryan Belock grew up in Strongsville, Ohio creating castles out of recycled paper towel rolls, selling original stationery to his neighbors, serving delicious, invented milkshake desserts to his parents, and conjuring magic shows for his family every Christmas night. By the end of high school, his passion for performance accelerated through years of marching band, jazz band, show choir, musicals, and drama club.
Upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts, Belock received the accolade of "the arts guy" by the College of Arts and Letters Dean John T. McGreevy, having triple-majored in Music (percussion performance); Film, Television, and Theatre (theatre concentration); and Art, Art History, & Design (graphic design). In his final two years, Belock carved the foundation for a student arts advisory group charged with improving the integration and collaboration of professional, student, and departmental performances and exhibitions on campus. He was an active member of the Notre Dame Drumline as part of the Band of the Fighting Irish, in addition to performing with the Notre Dame Glee Club, the Pasquerilla East Musical Company, the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, and Opera Notre Dame.
Belock received his MFA in Integrated Media for Live Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, advised by projection designer Sven Ortel and director Charlie Otte. During one summer, Belock shadowed Chile-based theatre company TEATROCINEMA, where he contributed voice work for Histoir de Amor and became inspired by their hybrid performances that combined cinematic three-dimensional worlds and live actors on stage. Drawing upon this inspiration, his thesis production, RE/CONNECT featured interdisciplinary approaches to live performance, including arduino LED costumes, immersive video projections, movement, and live music. All of these tools, in concert with a live original score, dancers, and spoken word weaved a story about the fascination with current trends in communication technology and intimacy.
Outside of professional theatre design, Belock exercised his passion for social concerns to help carry out the mission and vision of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to individuals affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health. Drawing upon social campaigns, creative storytelling and multimedia, Belock directed the OAC’s visual presence, which included all Association graphic design, video and multimedia platforms. He also streamlined tools for design-centered thinking and project management.
Belock lives in New York City with his wife Michelle.