The Glory of the World

Columbia College Chicago Alumnus Stages Fights for World Premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival

Ryan Bourque

Ryan Bourque

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Ryan Bourque was fight director for The Glory of the World, now receiving its world premiere at the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. Based on the work of philosopher Thomas Merton, the play was written by Obie Award-winning playwright Charles Mee and directed by Les Waters. It runs through April 12 as part of the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Ryan Bourque graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Acting in 2009. He won a 2013 Joseph Jefferson Award for his fight choreography for The Hypocrites’ production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

The Louisville Courier-Journal’s review of the show noted the production’s “hilarious scenes of pandemonium that could rival those in Animal House,” including “an alarming and hilarious scene where [the all-male cast] engage in a tit-for-tat kind of warfare involving knives, a chainsaw and more.”

Sheldon Patinkin (August 27, 1935-September 21, 2014)