Principal Craig Ryder (BA hons) trained at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) and has been working as an actor for the past 16 years. He is currently touring the UK in the musical - Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
His credits include -
Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (UK tour); 1st cover Tick in Original West End Cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (West End); Rebel Leader and understudy Galileo, Pop and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (West End); Willy and understudy Tony in Copacabana (UK tour); Ryan in the workshop of The Ruby Slippers (Foot in the door productions); ensemble in The Pyjama Game (Bolton); Lead Vocalist in Moulin Rouge (Tatton Hall); Prince Charming in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Rhyl Pavilion); Dandini in Cinderella (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Swansea Grand and Cardiff New Theatre); John Darling in Peter Pan (Bristol Hippodrome) and ensemble/Stripper in Police Story (Greenwich).
Sir Percival in Dragons of Camelot (Titan Global Entertainment); David Redgrove in The Indian Bride (FFP New Media) and David in Five Days in August (JNP).
Tim Talent (S4C); Andy J. Simons in The Cast (Jackory Productions); Fireman in Hula Hoops Commercial (Publicis); Dafydd in Caerdydd (S4C); Darren Caterall in Mostyn Fflint N’Aye (S4C); Dylan in Pobol Y Cwm (S4C); John in Y Parc (S4C); Guest Actor in Paradise Hotel (SKY) and appearances on Heno, Uned 5, Comic Relief, Blue Peter and The Al Murray Show.
Other credits: Craig’s voice can also be heard on a range of the ‘Talking Books’ for the RNIB, he also voiced ‘A Giant’s Tears’ for the BBC. Craig has written, directed and produced the theatre show ‘Whingeing Women’ which is currently in development for the big screen.
After growing up in the Conwy valley, Craig Ryder always felt there was a gap in the market for a bilingual Performing Arts academy in the Conwy valley.
With emphasis on fun, professionalism and confidence- building, whilst being affordable and open to everyone, Academi opened it's doors on Saturday 17th April, 2010.