Ryan Decker  MFA

Assistant Professor
Director of Theatre


BA, University of Northern Iowa, 2012
MFA, University of New Orleans, 2018

Professor Decker specializes in performing and communication arts practice, as well as popular media and narrative analysis, interpretation, and criticism. An award-winning actor and director, he routinely teaches courses in acting, directing, and oral communication. In addition to teaching, he directs campus theatre productions (The Loras Players) and serves as program coordinator of the film & theatre minor.

Decker is an active presenter, musician, writer, actor, director, and arts administrator. He is a past officer of the City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and currently serves several public arts and culture organizations in a variety of roles.

Decker finds great joy in fostering creativity, innovation, collaboration, and community on- and off-campus. On stage, his mission is to captivate and inspire on the frontier of storytelling. In his classes, Decker shares creative and expressive arts as a resource for students to reveal their vocation and “fulfill the original selfhood.”