Ruth is an established performer both as an Actor (BA Theatre Nepean, Uni Western Sydney) and Puppeteer (Terrapin Puppet Theatre). As an emerging writer, she has drawn on her multitude of skills as a Drama tutor (Bachelor Teaching UWS), with a drama teaching career that spans more than 25 years, including writing and directing performances and facilitating devising theatre workshops in schools, corporate settings, universities, and youth theatre companies in: Canberra, regional Tasmania, Sydney and regional NSW.
Ruth’s play UNDER MY BED received an ArtsACT development grant during 2017 with supporting partners Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and Canberra Youth Theatre. Ruth was resident writer in The Street Theatre’s HIVE program 2015-2017 and a member of the EXPAND mentorship program 2015-2016, where she had previously developed the concept and work alongside Dramaturg Peter Matheson.
Short plays written and awards include: dialogue-free script MEANWHILE (Best production ‘Short and Sweet’ Sydney Gala Finals 2013) and VANITY INSANITY (Best Actress ‘Short and Sweet’ 2014), BABY BLUES (Best Actress ‘Short and Sweet’ Canberra 2015, Best Actress ‘Short and Sweet’ Sydney Gala Finals 2016), TODDLER SLAP for ‘Kids Don’t Talk’, VANITY INSANITY (Best Actress ‘Short and Sweet’ Canberra 2013) and IN MY HEAD (an independent Street Theatre 2015 independent rehearsed reading presentation to peers)
Productions at the The Street Theatre as a performer include: METAMORPHOSIS, UNDER SEDATION, THE VERY SAD FISH LADY, HOMEFRONT, CRESCENDO, DISPLACED, IMPERSON8, X-VOICE IDOL, OUT OF THE BOX and multiple annual ‘Improvention’ festival performances (ImproACT 2010-18) including Puppets vs People. Other puppetry productions: MIGHTLY LITTLE PUPPET SHOW, (Melbourne Fringe 2016), and various Terrapin Puppet Theatre productions (1992-95)
Ruth is a proud MEAA Actors Equity Ambassador, is on the board for The Canberra Theatre Centre’s Advisory committee, and is ‘Dr Whoops’ – a resident Clown Doctor at Canberra’s Hospital.
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