Paul Ryder

Our Conference Host

Triple threat performer Paul Ryder has been trailing the lights of Dublin for close to twelve years now. His character of The Ringmaster launched the infamous Ringmasters Drag Race which will be ten years of age in 2021.

His career soared with becoming a regular contributor for radio and television broadcasting and becoming a much loved member of the Ireland AM, Elaine the and Virgin Media Television team. His broad spectrum of topical reporting has kept him on the airwaves for the last 4 years covering the likes of television’s greatest moments such as Love Island, The Oscars, The Brits and so much more with a new exciting segment nearly every week.

His extensive work in the world of MC and brand relations has seen him up and down the country in both his drag persona and as his charming and witty self. From performing and co-hosting at the notable Image Awards in 2018 and again in 2020 where he was the interval star to his work with brands such as BPerfect Cosmetics in which he has been their only host of events for their entirety, to working for the likes of Facebook, Google, Twitter to organising, producing and performing for their staff, directors and clients. Paul proudly hosts PERFORM, a theatre, performance based festival in the RDS every year where he has interviewed the likes of Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt and this year will take on another year as host.

In 2020 Paul started his very own, self produced and distributed podcast ‘Influenced’ which saw him delve into the lives of stars such as Simon Delaney, who talked about the entertainment industry and the importance of being ‘ON’ for every gig that comes your way. He spoke to BBC Masterchef winner and broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf about the marriage referendum and what it was like that big gay day in May and how his father contemplated suicide following Khalaf’s revealing his homosexuality and Valerie Roe revealed her secret life as an international pop star and life behind Lillies Bordello, the infamous Dublin nightlife spot which she managed for several years.

He is gearing up for an 18 date tour in October across Europe and a return to pantomime this Christmas and is happier than ever with the future and its prospects and he is thrilled to be back as host for Work With Pride 2021.

INFLUENCED LINK: https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/influenced-with-paul-ryder/id1553117527

10:40 - 10:55

Friday 9am to 2pm 30th July 2021

Movie Screening: A White Horse

Producer Shaun O’Connor's Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival in November 2019 - recognition that has led to a coveted place on the longlist for the 2021 Oscars.

11:00 - 11:30

Friday 9am to 2pm 30th July 2021

Prideside Chat: Gay Conversion Therapy

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Shaun O’Connor - filmmaker, writer, photographer, in conversation with Paul Ryder - Performer. Creative. Broadcaster