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, and conjuring magic shows for his family every Christmas night. Throughout high school, his passion for performance grew through years of school bands, choirs, and shows.
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 Film, Television, and Theatre (theatre concentration); Art, Art History, & Design (graphic design); and Music (percussion performance). 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, the Notre Dame Glee Club, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, 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 multimedia director Charlie Otte. During his time at UT, Belock shadowed Chile-based theatre company TEATROCINEMA, where he contributed voice work for Histoir de Amor and was inspired by their hybrid performances which combined cinematic three-dimensional worlds and live actors on stage. Drawing upon this inspiration, his MFA 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 an original score and new spoken word pieces, 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 as a graphic designer 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 his experience with social campaigns, creative storytelling, and multimedia, Belock directed the OAC’s visual presence, which included all Association graphic design, video, and multimedia platforms. Serving as a creative strategist, he also streamlined tools for design-centered thinking and project management.
He currently serves as the graphic designer for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, supporting its mission “to create an environment with the purpose of nurturing theatre artists and audiences who value humanity, their own and others, as their first and most precious priority while providing art and education to the greater community.”
Projection design credits include: Off-Broadway: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Irish Repertory Theatre); Dogs of Rwanda, A Deal (Urban Stages); Musicals of Musicals, Me & Ella (York Theatre). Associate/Assistant: My Very Own British Invasion (Paper Mill Playhouse, Andrew Lazarow - designer); Party People (The Public Theater, Sven Ortel - designer); Sojourners, Her Portmanteau (New York Theater Workshop); Rags (Goodspeed Opera, Luke Cantarella - designer); The Masked Ball (Austin Opera, Wendall Harrington- designer); Jane Eyre (Center for Contemporary Opera, Luke Cantarella - designer); Are You Now (MetroStage); And Then They Came For Me (Indiana Rep). Regional: Oklahoma! (Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra); In the Heights, Into the Woods (Austin, TX). World Premieres: Sorin: A Notre Dame Story (University of Notre Dame); Colossal, Re/Connect (Cohen New Works Festival).
Belock lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle.