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Ryan Ferrebee

Queer greygender humanist who writes grants so we can play make-believe and make the world a better place.

Ryan Ferrebee (he/they) is a theater-trained accidental fundraising professional living in modern-day Pittsburgh, PA (lands stewarded by and stolen from the Seneca, Lenni Lenape, Shawnee, Osage, and numerous other Indigenous nations). In their career, Ryan has raised over $10,000,000 to directly support the work of theater companies and artists in the Mid-Atlantic. Former co-chair of the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders network of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Currently, Ryan is the Director of Institutional Support at Pittsburgh Public Theater and a volunteer Young Professional Board Member for Hello Neighbor, a Pittsburgh-based refugee and immigrant support service organization.

BS, summa cum laude: Theater & Communications, West Liberty University

MA, summa cum laude: Speech & Theater, Louisiana Tech University

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You Want Me to Balance What?

You Want Me to Balance What?

Why the Argument That Fiscal Sustainability is More Important Than Investing in Racial Justice Needs to Go Away

16 December 2021

Ryan Ferrebee discusses the disadvantages of theatres attempting to balance fiscal responsibility with anti-racism work from his perspective as a white fundraising professional.