Ryan Mekenian is an Armenian-American writer/director based out of his hometown of Los Angeles, California.  He recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Film & T.V. Production at the renowned U.S.C. School of Cinematic Arts. 

Ryan's screenplay, The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, was named a quarterfinalist at the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and won the 2021 Screenwriting Discovery Award Grand Prize at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival.

He directed the short documentary, Spokespeople, about L.A.’s bicycling communities, and winning Best Film for Change at the BAFTA-qualifying Bolton International Film Festival & Best Doc Short First Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Spokespeople screened at 30 festivals worldwide, including the Oscar-qualifying Edmonton International Film Festival & the American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ryan’s passion for directing led him east. At N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts, he studied under Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He served as associate producer for Snoopy starring Tony-winner Sutton Foster & directed Mrs. Sharp starring Tony-winner Ali Stroker. He has had the distinct privilege of assisting on projects with Steven Spielberg, Aaron Sorkin, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Rock, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, & Vanessa Redgrave, among others. From 2005-2014, he assisted Tony-winning writer/director Des McAnuff.

Ryan's goal is to direct the kind of films that inspired him as a child — Comedies, Dramas, and True Stories that convey honest, complex portrayals of the American dream. 

He currently serves as Associate Digital Producer on the long-running hit game show Family Feud.