C. Ryanne Domingues (Artistic Director) has had the pleasure of directing plays that challenge and excite audiences for over 15 years. Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, she received her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University while working on various productions with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Following graduation and a yearlong directing and dramaturgy internship with Portland Stage Company, she spent six years in Philadelphia working for a variety local theatres, including The Wilma Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, and Plays & Players Theatre. During this time, she also co-founded and served as the Producing Artistic Director of Simpatico Theatre, where she directed a variety of shows whose themes reflected the company’s mission to encourage active dialogue that promotes positive social change in the community. During this time, she also participated in the 2008 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors.
Ryanne received her MFA in Directing from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. While there, she had the opportunity to work at South Coast Repertory, California Shakespeare Theater, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Having developed and directed a number of new works throughout her career, Ryanne was able to use her experience to lead a group of undergraduate students in writing and developing a new musical entitled Over the Horizon, which incorporated information gathered from real interviews with Iraq War veterans. She then went on to direct the world premiere of Assistants, a show that received various awards and accolades at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. After moving back to the East Coast, Ryanne returned to The Wilma Theater in the capacity of External Relations Director, where she spent two seasons in the field of fundraising, development, and donor relations. She is thrilled to join the team of Passage Theatre, and looks forward to working with and within the Trenton community.