Ronan graduated from the three-year Performance Arts course at Bull Alley in Dublin in 1992. He was a member of The Abbey Players from 1994-96 and has performed in over 20 productions at the National Theatre. He has trained in a multiplicity of disciplines and performed in a wide variety of styles with many of the country’s leading directors. In April 2019 he graduated with an MFA in Theatre Directing from the Lir Academy in Dublin.
His recent theatre work includes Polymester in Hecuba by Marina Carr, directed by Lynne Parker, and Toby in The Effect by Lucy Prebble, directed by Ronan Phelan, both for Rough Magic. Least Like The Other, composed by Brian Irvine and directed by Netia Jones for Galway International Arts Festival. Le Corbusier/Badovici in Invitation to a Journey, a collaboration between Fishamble, CoisCéim, and Crash Ensemble for Galway International Arts Festival. Various roles for Fishamble in Tiny Plays for Ireland and America [Washington/New York]. Éamonn Ceannt in Waged written by Frank McGuinness as part of Signatories, directed by Patrick Mason. Patrick Pearse in Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy, directed by Jim Culleton. Gustav in Creditors by August Strindberg, directed by Aoife Spillane– Hinks. The Stranger in Oedipus adapted and directed by Wayne Jordan for the Abbey. Hindley in Wuthering Heights at the Gate directed by Michael Barker–Caven. Mr Whitbread in Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy at the Gaiety directed by Conal Morrison. Billy Wicklow in Drumbelly by Richard Dormer at the Abbey, directed by Sean Holmes.