Hildegard graduated from the Central Film School with a distinction in Practical Filmmaking. Her graduation film “The 25th Annual, St Wallace on Sea, Morris Dancing Festival” was selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival short film corner.
Hildegard has collaborated with Eva O’Connor and Sunday’s Child since 2013. She directed My Name is Saoirse, which won the First Fortnight Award at the Dublin Fringe 2014, the Argus Angel at the Brighton Fringe 2015, and the Best Theatre Award at the Adelaide Fringe 2017. Hildegard also adapted My Name is Saoirse for RTE Radio 1 with Eva O’Connor, which broadcast in their Drama On One slot in April 2015 and won Silver in the ‘Best Director’ category at the New York Festival, 2015.
Hildegard developed and directed O’Connor’s Overshadowed for the stage, which premiered at the The Tiger Dublin Fringe in September 2015 winning the Fishamble New Writing Award. Hildegard and Eva took the play to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and co-wrote a 8 x 10’ television adaptation for Rollem Productions/BBC 3 which became available on BBC3 in August 2017. It was recently nominated for a 2018 Rose d’Or Award.
With O’Connor, Hildegard has co-written The Friday Night Effect which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Film & TV rights are optioned to Mam Tor Productions.
Hildegard is currently directing an episode of The Dumping Ground series 7 for CBBC.
In 2018 Hildegard was named as one of Broadcast’s Hot Shots, which celebrated the outstanding work of women under 30 making waves in the TV industry.
Hildegard Ryan is represented by Frances Arnold