"Ivy is an absolutely incredible teacher. She makes everyone feel welcome, valid, and important, and that allowed for some incredible work to be created." - A high school student class evaluation (2018)
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
"Along with being beyond talented herself (acting and voice), Ivy is an incredible coach. She has worked with our 13 year old daughter for more than a year. Ivy takes the time to really understand each student's goals and dreams, and is fully prepared for each coaching session. She has the perfect blend of compassion and patience that ensures her students have the confidence to take risks to become better actors. Ivy is able to push and encourage at the right time, and as a result our daughter continues to thrive with her. I highly recommend Ivy." - Patty Kelly (Parent)
"I love working with Ivy. Not only do I learn a lot, I have so much fun! "- Caroline Kelly
"I had the joy of working with Ivy on my college auditions, however I finished my auditions with a renewed sense of excitement and confidence in my acting abilities. Instead of being told what to do, Ivy helped me find new ways to play and get out of my head. I never felt judged, but instead listened to. Through Ivy’s listening, I identified exciting and honest ways to approach the work. I went into each of my auditions feeling excited about my pieces - as if I was doing them for the first time. Additionally, throughout the process of working with Ivy I learned how to give myself constructive feedback and express what I could do to improve in a kind way, a skill that will continue to help me in my future. Ivy’s kindness for her students, while holding them to a high standard made me so excited to work with her each week, and for the college audition process in general."
"My daughter has been working with Ivy Ryan for several months, to prepare for her college auditions, and I can honestly say, we could not have managed this stressful time without her. My only regret is that we didn’t find her sooner! Ivy is supportive and warm, especially with students who might need extra help coming out of their shells. If you have a child who is a little unsure about working one-on-one with a coach, she will put that child at ease immediately. She was well-prepared for every appointment, prompt and professional. She responds to all communication in a timely manner. She helped my daughter expand on the possibilities for her acting material and she kept both my daughter and myself on task with each upcoming audition, which is a very necessary piece of this process. Not every actor is cut out to teach and mentor at the level that Ivy excels. It’s a combination that is rare and wonderful. We are so fortunate to work with such a gifted person. I would strongly recommend her without reservation." - Laura Gerhard (Parent)
"Not only did she help me prepare for all of the various parts of this long process (the pre-screens, the auditions, the interviews), but she also helped me grow as an actor and person. With Ivy, I learned to try a monologue in a variety of ways, and not be critical of myself if I felt something wasn’t right, just pinpoint what wasn’t right, and try something new there! And when the time came for my auditions, I felt super comfortable with all of my pieces, but none of them felt stale. Ivy is incredibly kind, talented, and will teach you so much! I would recommend coaching with her without hesitation." - Rey Gerhard
"I know this sounds cheesy but I genuinely could not have made it through the college process without Ivy. She not only helped me to find monologues that I fell in love with for college auditions but helped me to organize my college process. Her expertise in the world of theatre helped me to craft a list of schools I was excited about and also helped me to organize my applications and auditions in a low stress manner (which is extremely rare for college auditions). Ivy was able to create an environment where I felt challenged to work harder but also felt safe stepping out of my comfort zone. Her realm of expertise stretches all the way from Shakespeare to dialects to physicality and to light hearted contemporary pieces. I am so happy that I had such an amazing and supportive coach to guide me through my college process and to help me improve my acting skills. Ivy’s coaching is a gift to any young or experienced actor."
BA Theatre '23
"Ivy Ryan is an excellent teacher and an absolute joy to work with. She is the kind of person whose warmth and positive energy instantly makes you feel comfortable to try anything in your work. Not only did she help me find and prepare monologues that I loved for my college auditions, she pushed me to become a better actor in a way that was stress-free and fun! She was here for me every step of the college audition process and was always willing to go above and beyond to make sure I felt confident and prepared. She was everything I could have wished for in an acting teacher and I cannot recommend her enough."
Boston University - School of Theatre
BFA Acting '21
"Ivy Ryan’s bountiful warmth is equally matched by her deep knowledge of classical and contemporary works which makes her an amazing coach. Ivy’s approach to the work is so successful because she makes anyone feel comfortable to be silly, go deeply, and explore in order to create a full character. Ivy helped me find monologues for college auditions that I was passionate about and which allowed me to showcase my individuality. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to coach with Ivy, her coaching helped me reach new depth and specificity in my work I didn’t think was possible, all while having so much fun!"
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
BFA Acting '21
"Coaching with Ivy is everything an actor could possibly want, because she effortlessly makes the actor so comfortable. Her openness and encouragement enabled the space for me to play fully and try anything under the sun. I felt so safe to fail because she took the pressure off of needing to do the "right" thing and encouraged me to just bring myself to the work fully."