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Ryan Stopera


Pronouns: he/him

A person of medium skintone, short hair, and a black collared shirt standing in front of a red backdrop.
Photo Credit: Ryan Stopera


Ryan is a mixed race, Chinese American, award winning writer, director, photographer, producer and educator based in Minneapolis. He’s also the Director of Community Programming and PF Cafe at Public Functionary, an arts organization supporting grassroots cultural organizing and production across disciplines through the development of highly visible and resourced spaces that lead to creative collaborations and economic opportunities for early career and emerging artists. His background in social work and community organizing, and his relationships across communities make collaboration essential to his practice. Working in community, creating connections, and sharing stories with each other is what drives Ryan’s work.