Ryan Murphy (Scates)

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music

Ryan is a voice specialist, musical director and composer with a research interest in narrative-driven composition. He writes for the stage and specialises in directing ensemble singing.


Ryan is currently setting up a musical theatre choir at ARU; the choir welcomes new members


Ryan trained in Musical Theatre Performance as an undergraduate before completing an MA in Musical Theatre Composition at Goldsmiths University. He has musically directed, composed and lectured at various institutions. His first musical, ‘Letters to myself’ was premiered at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London in 2011. He has continued to compose professionally, recently collaborating with renowned playwright Andrew Muir (‘The Session’, Bloomsbury Publishing) on a new work ‘Life and Death In An Ocean Full Of Hope’, as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout Theatre Festival in 2017. Previous to this Ryan was the Pathway Course Leader for the FdA in Music Theatre at BPC.

Ryan is an accomplished pianist and Musical Director with a Licentiate Diploma in Musical Theatre Singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an MD his credits include; The Threepenny Opera, Les Misérables, Kiss Me Kate, The Addams Family, Rent, The Hot Mikado, I Love You Because, Company, Jekyll and Hyde, Avenue Q, Theory of Relativity, We Will Rock You, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ordinary Days, Legally Blonde and Sister Act.

Research interests

  • Narrative-inspired compositional works
  • Greek Mythology in Orchestral Works
  • ‘Acting Through Song’
  • Postmodernism in Musical Theatre
  • Musical Direction & Vocal Technique


BA (Hons) Performing Arts


  • Music 2: Solo Singing & Music Theory
  • Acting Through Song
  • Production 2


  • MA Musical Theatre Composition, Goldsmiths University, London
  • LTCL in Musical Theatre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Solent University, Southampton.
  • FdA In Music Theatre, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Professional Writer Associate: Mercury Musicals Development
  • British Voice Association