Ry Armstrong

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Born (1995-02-07) February 7, 1995 (age 29)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materCentral Washington University, American University
  • Actor
  • Creative
  • Executive

Ry Armstrong (born February 7, 1995) is a genderqueer American actor, creative, and executive. They are best known for appearing in the Off-Broadway production of Pete the Cat and for creating the companies RYCO Theatricals SPC and Indie Chameleon Inc.[1]

Early life and education

Ry Armstrong was born in Seattle, Washington and is the eldest of two children. Armstrong grew up in the Greater Seattle Area, attending Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. Their childhood was musically inclined with piano and cello lessons, as well as participation in Seattle’s Northwest Choirs and Seattle Symphony. Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Central Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Sustainable Development from American University.


Theatre' After graduation from Central Washington University, Armstrong moved to New York City and trained with the Open Jar Institute 8-week Residency Program. During this residency, Armstrong participated in an industry reading of a new musical Hope for the Flowers (now titled Fly More Than You Fall).[2] Armstrong was cast as an understudy in the Off-Broadway debut of Orphans & Outsiders, and in the National Tour of TheatreWorksUSA|TheatreWorks USA's Teacher from the Black Lagoon (with original songs written by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe (composer).[3] Armstrong also appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Pete the Cat with TheatreWorks.

Business Endeavors Armstrong created and owns two separate business entities to house their intellectual property: RYCO Theatricals SPC, a production company for creation of theatrical, film/tv, and new media productions, and Indie Chameleon Inc., a record label for the distribution and publishing of new indie music by new artists.[4][5] Armstrong also fully produced and performed in the charity studio album titled Crossroads which is under the Broadway Records label with the permission of Stephen Schwartz (composer)|Stephen Schwartz for a special recording of "As Long As You're Mine" from the Broadway musical Wicked (musical)|Wicked with Broadway theatre|Broadway's Nick Adams (actor, born 1983)|Nick Adams and Angel Reda.[6][7]

Activism Armstrong is involved with the Sierra Club as a lifetime member, Extinction Rebellion, and Voices4. Most recently they protested the use of Fossil fuel and plastic production in an event with the Times Square Alliance called #7yearsleft, which can be found on YouTube in a 4.5 hour-long livestream.[8] Armstrong has also founded the Queer Global Arts Fest, a pay-what-you-can annual queer artists festival dedicated to the empowerment of artists within in the LGBTQIA+ rights|LGBTQIA+ community.[9][10]


  1. Meyer, Dan (January 28, 2021). "Calling All Broadway Devotees: Join a Guinness World Record Attempt by Singing The Greatest Showman". Playbill. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  2. Desk, BWW News. "Jeff Whiting Directs Developmental Reading Of New Musical HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS In New Works Reading Series". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  3. Desk, BWW News. "ORPHANS & OUTSIDERS to Make World Premiere This Week at the John Cullum Theatre". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  4. "RYCO Theatricals | Home". www.ryco.org. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  5. "Indie Chameleon Inc". www.indiechameleon.com. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  6. "Ry Armstrong & Friends: Crossroads [CD]". Broadway Records. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  7. Blank, Matthew. "BWW Exclusive: Showtunes Are Re-Imagined in Starry New Album For BCEFA; Stephen Schwartz and Ryan Edward Armstrong Talk CROSSROADS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  8. "RYCO Theatricals | #7yearsleft". ryco.org. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  9. "RYCO Theatricals | Queer Global Arts Fest". ryco.org. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  10. "Queer Global Arts Fest". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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