Bryan was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey but escaped to Boston, MA at age 2. He attended the Christopher Gibson School (which was the subject of Jonothan Kozal's seminal work, "Death at an Early Age"), Thayer Academy, and Emerson College. He started as a prop runner and a light board operator at the Boston Shakespeare Company before working his way up to spear carriers and 2nd lords. While in Boston he also worked at Theater Works with Vincent Murphy and Tim McDonough and the New Erlich Theater with Anita Hollander.

He left Boston to work in the box office of the Big Apple Circus and after deciding to run away from the circus he ended up at the "Ridiculous Theatrical Company."

He's also worked with the "Adobe Theater" and was featured in Thulani Davis' "Everybody's Ruby" at the Public Theater with Phylicia Rashad and Viola Davis. He stared as Melvin Freeman in Stephen Winter's "Chocolate Babies" and has clocked a gazillion hours of extra work.

Bryan lives in Harlem with his partner of many years the writer and editor Angelo Ragaza.