Ryan Monolopolus

Director | Storyteller

 On stage for the premiere of the TV pilot  64 Over 8 . 

On stage for the premiere of the TV pilot 64 Over 8

 On set of  Dead Men  at Arabia Mountain in 2016. 

On set of Dead Men at Arabia Mountain in 2016. 

 On set directing  Shenandoah  in fall of 2016, Winchester Virginia. 

On set directing Shenandoah in fall of 2016, Winchester Virginia. 

I was born and raised in the small city of Buffalo, NY; it was there that I developed a passion for storytelling. In 2011 I launched a boutique production company, Mono Productions, and shortly thereafter graduated with a degree in Media Production and Sociology from SUNY Buffalo.  I headed straight to Russia and Ukraine for a stint, and have been traveling and making films ever since. 

I'm a "people person", I love what I do, and I truly believe media has the power to change the world. I have a mission to bring positive energy both on and off set to whatever project is at hand. I travel often, am a lifelong martial artist, and am learning how to juggle. I am a former member of the USA sports martial arts team, and still teach and train Filipino Martial Arts today. 

My major work includes the feature documentary Recovery (2014), the TV Pilot 64/8 (2016)the American Civil War epic SHENANDOAH (2017), the human puppet drama Friends to the End (2017), Action Directing the Migos What's the Price music video (2017) and two pilots of Playstation TV. Commercially I have collaborated with some of the world's leading brands including Converse, PGA Tour, World Organization, HP, Act on Climate, Rescue Me! and many more. Most recently I directed and produced a series of educational films for HARDSKILLS, a global startup in Berlin, Germany.  

My work has been distributed worldwide, commercials nationally broadcast, and I'm grateful to have been awarded at several festivals and events for my work; including Best Director at the Holiday 48 Hour Film Festival in NY and Best of Show at the 2016 Indie Film Loop. Above all I have been able to merge my passions in the media/entertainment industry that all converge under one life mission: To tell powerful, compelling and engaging stories to the world. In 2017 I became a freelance director with FilmTribe in Atlanta and with Digital Luz in NYC.  

In 2014 I launched an action design company On Camera Combatives, which has trained more than 2500 actors and performers in its first year of operation in fight movement for film. In that same year I joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) after my appearance on the TV Pilot The Grand Prince of MoscowSince then I have been performing stunts on shows including The OriginalsMacGyver, Queen of the South and more. 

I am currently based on the East Coast of the USA but travel for work often. To check out my full resume and CV click here

Cheers and be well,

Ryan