Professional Playwright Credits Oswego for Success

Ryan Sprague ’06Ryan Sprague ’06 has had a one-act play, Some Just Do It Naturally, selected for the Outworks GLBTQ Play Festival in Baton Rouge, La. It is a revision of his first student work at Oswego.

Sprague’s thriller, East in Red, was produced at Kraine Theatre in New York City in February, and several other plays have had staged readings and workshops. His student-written play Reach, nominated for a Syracuse Area Live Theater award in 2012, has been made into a feature-length film, Reverie Lane, for which he did the screenwriting.

“I give credit for my playwriting career to Professor Brad Korbesmeyer,” Sprague says, and he thanks “staunch supporter” Dr. Patrick Murphy for teaching him to read between the lines of dialogue to get the true meaning of a play.

In the Oswego theatre department, Sprague was mentored by Mark Cole ’73. “He taught me to step out of the box and to never be afraid to try something different.”

Inspired to be courageous for art, Sprague moved to Queens, where he spends daytime researching outlets and submitting his work. Freelancing for magazines helps pay bills.

“My creativity is sparked at night,” Sprague says. “That’s when I work on plays, doing whatever I can to translate my feelings into my characters.”

Linda Loomis ’90 M’97

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