We are artists, writers, performing artists, arts managers, and scholars, passionate about travel, and have spent years building our connections in countries around the world. We created Insider Cultural Tours to pursue our passion, share it with others, and to give back to those institutions which have supported us for years. 

Our goal is to connect our clients to fascinating people doing fascinating things in foreign places, and to produce an overall experience which awakens the traveler in totally new ways.

Fundraising Tours
Let us customize a fundraising tour which generates immediate donations, attracts new givers, inspires current patrons to move up to the next giving level, and is an effective add-on to your subscription or membership package.

Our tours bond patrons or members and build loyalty.

Corporate Team Building
We create original, entertaining tours for team building.

London Partners

New York Associates
Jutka Devenyi, has taught at Cornell University, City University of New York Graduate Center, and Marymount Manhattan College. She received her Ph.D from UC Santa Barbara and is a member of the New York Choral Society and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, as well in Shanghai (2002 Beijing Music Festival). She is fluent in French and Hungarian.

Candyce Mason has twenty years experience working to increase the funding and visibility of nonprofit performing arts, arts education and conservation organizations such as the Phoenix Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Acting Company, WNET/Thirteen and Audubon's Living Oceans Program.  She has been a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts. 


"James Ryan is worth his weight in emeralds."  
-- James Lipton, Host, Inside The Actors Studio
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James Ryan, founder of Insider Cultural Tours, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and film director. The former Chair of the Playwriting Department, Actors Studio Drama School, he has taught at Rutgers, NYU, New School, and Muhlenberg College. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Foundation for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, the Drama League Award, and was a resident at Yaddo. He has written screenplays for Disney, Warner Bros., Spring Creek Productions, Granada, and Mr. Mudd, John Malkovich's production company. 
"A man must travel or there is no existence."
-- Bryon
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Joyce Hytner (on the Board of the Royal Court, Old Vic, Royal Exchange Manchester) and Rebecca King Lassman (former Head of Development at the Serpentine Gallery for 12 years, on the Boards of New Contemporaries and the South London Gallery) are partners in ACT IV, a fundraising and corporate events company in London. Their clients include the Royal Court Theater, Old Vic, Royal Ballet School, Halle Orchestra, The Serpentine, Tate, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Granada, and The New Yorker