Craig Ryder is originally from Llanrwst and went on to train at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
During the past Eighteen years Craig has been on the West End and toured the UK in shows such as We Will Rock You, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Pyjama Game and Copacabana.
He has travelled the world as a singer and dancer and has performed in many a pantomime, including playing the Prince in Snow White and the seven dwarfs here at Rhyl Pavilion.
Craig has worked extensively in film and television in both English and Welsh language. His feature film credits include playing 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).
For television, Craig featured in two series of ‘Tîm Talent’ for S4C. He played Andy J. Simons in The Cast (Jackory Productions) Fireman in Commercial for Hula Hoops (Publicis) Dafydd in Caerdydd and Darren Caterall in Mostyn Fflint N’Aye.
He also played the regular character Dylan in Pobol Y Cwm and John in Y Parc (All for S4C) He was also a Guest Actor in Paradise Hotel (SKY).
Craig has appeared on Heno, Uned 5, Comic Relief, Blue Peter, Al Murray Show, The One Show and This Morning.
Craig’s voice can also be heard on a range of the ‘Talking Books’ for the RNIB and BBC.
As a director –
Craig has his own Performing Arts school ‘Yr Academi / The Acacdemy’ in Llanrwst, North Wales, which was established in 2010. He has collaborated with the younger generation to write and direct many plays relevant to today’s younger audiences. He has also taught at many drama schools all over the UK.
Craig has also created, directed and produced the theatre show Whingeing Women which played to sold out audiences all over North Wales and the West, including Rhyl Pavilion! He went on to co – produce the show alongside Bill Kenwright at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, which Craig also directed. In 2016 he re-wrote Whingeing Women and directed the show under the new name ‘Real Women’ to a sell out audience at The Playhouse Theatre in London. The show is currently in the process of being made into a film.
His current show ‘The Ruby Slippers’ is going to The Arts Theatre in the West End in July.
With a passion for Musical Theatre, Craig is delighted to be bringing West End in Wales to ‘Music Mania’ this Summer.