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   The New Cosmopolitans is a laboratory for the work of theater artist Ryan Hartley, in collaboration with fellow theater artists. We'll be based out of New York City starting in late 2022.

   The New Cosmopolitans develop and present theater from a distinctly progressive, postmodern worldview. Our work asks more questions than it attempts to answer, inviting dialogue and paradox. We are committed to populating the theater space with artists who represent the population of the world. 


Founding Artist


Ryan Hartley (any pronouns) is a genderqueer dramaturg, director, actor, and scenographer.


From contemporary new plays to classic musical theater, the work that Ryan puts out into the world is meant to excite audiences and provoke them to conversation. Queerness, loss of innocence, and skepticism are frequent themes in Ryan’s work.


A graduate of Pepperdine University, Ryan originally focused on musical theater and family-style entertainment, and then eventually shifted focus to contemporary plays and new play development.


Under the umbrella of The New Cosmpolitans, Ryan curated the New Queer Works virtual series of developmental readings, and most recently directed an award-winning production of Gummy Worm by Nathaniel Foster.


Ryan has trained with SITI Company and the Yale Summer directing intensive, and now trains with The Barrow Group. Ryan is also a member of LMDA. 

Conversations with Ryan Hartley - Voyage LA

Key Collaborators

Christopher Hudson

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Special Thanks to Dylan Thai, Alyssa Baumgardner, Pichteeda Taing, & Jacqueline Wills

for their efforts in shaping

The New Cosmopolitans

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