CO-DIRECTOR, HEAD WRITER, PERFORMER
Know No Stranger throws the biggest, wackiest art party Indianapolis ever saw — ten years running. Optical Popsicle’s a visual treat brimming with sketch comedy, live music, puppets, poetry, dance, film, and a big ol’ hug.
Team: Brandon Schaaf, Emily Gable, Michael Runge, Ryan E. Felton, Rachel Leigh, Alan Goffinski, Tara Miller, Wallace Wimbley, too many to mention
Little Armored Ones
My life’s work. I wrote and drew this 60-page, full-color study of all 20 species of armadillos. A gallery launch raised funds and awareness for the IUCN’s Anteater, Sloth, and Armadillo Specialist Group.
Created and curated with Summer Jewel Keown. In this literary collection, fifteen authors blend memoir with imagination to unearth the truth buried in memories both fateful and fleeting. From honest to fantastic, from sweet to strange, these stories all have one thing in common: They are life rewritten.
EDITORS: RYAN EVERETT FELTON & SUMMER JEWEL KEOWN
AUTHORS: CHRISTOPHER S. BELL, GEORGIA BRISCO, LINDSEY DANIS, RYAN EVERETT FELTON, ELIOT HUDSON, SUMMER JEWEL KEOWN, SARAH LAYDEN, C.T. LISA, PRES MAXSON, ZACH MURPHY, KEIRA PERKINS, HUDSON WILDING, LUCY ZHANG, AND ANNE LAKER
DESIGNER: JOHN ILANG-ILANG
PUBLISHER: MEDUSAFISH BOOKS
Minnesota Nice: Fargo Live
For this live adaptation of Joel & Ethan Coen’s Fargo, I reimagined the original screenplay as a true crime podcast and Know No Stranger and I supplied visual treats throughout the reading.
Writers/Directors: Ryan E. Felton, Brandon Schaaf
Props: Emily Gable
Visuals: Brandon Schaaf, Emily Gable
Starring: Emily Gable, Brandon Schaaf, Ryan E. Felton, Matt Helfrich, Jordan Hogan, Kevin Hake, Jesse Helm, Paul Pelsue, Stephen Vincent Giles, DJ Dangler, Megan Hart, Eric Komenda
WRITER, ACTOR, PRODUCER
Heck Above Deck
In November 2016 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Know No Stranger debuted the original musical Heck Above Deck. I wrote the book and lyrics, produced, and starred.
Director: Michael Hosp
Book & Lyrics: Ryan E. Felton
Composers: Rachel Leigh, Brandon Schaaf, Matt Helfrich
Arrangement: Alan Goffinski
Starring: Ryan E. Felton, KT Peterson, Brandon Schaaf, Stephen Vincent Giles, Matt Helfrich, Megan Van Dam, Rachel Leigh, Jake Watson, Maura Giles
Rare footage of nature’s most endearing mistake bumbling through the timberland forests of North America.
Writer & Narrator: Ryan E. Felton
Cinematography: Alex Bunce
Editor: Tara Miller
Music & Sound: Rachel Leigh
Production: Brandon Schaaf, Allison Durst, Matt Helfrich
I’m the writer of three novels, two short story anthologies, and sundry other compositions.
My work has appeared in So It Goes, MASKS, Under the Stairs, and others.