Trained primarily in devised and physical theater methods, Ruthie is a director, playwright, and teacher who relies heavily on her English literature background in her work.
Ruthie received a B.A. in English literature from Wheaton College in Illinois, where she was a member of Arena Theater's "Workout" ensemble. After working for Pittsburgh Public Theater and Pittsburgh's City Theatre, she earned an M.A. in educational theatre from NYU Steinhardt, with an emphasis on directing and devising for colleges and communities.
She spent time working as a teaching artist in NYC before moving to Boston, where she worked with Company One Theatre. While there she also founded the theater program at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Dorchester Campus.
In the fall of 2019 Ruthie and her husband Bruce set out on a series of artist residencies. During 2019-2020 they traveled across the USA and Ruthie spent time as a playwriting artist in residence at Laity Lodge in Texas, Harrison Center for the Arts in Indiana, and Grunewald Guild in Washington.
They relocated to San Antonio, where Ruthie has begun working with theaters in the city, including the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. In February 2023 she staged her original script We Sail On In Darkness, which tells the stories of four female mystics, to sold out audiences in San Antonio. She continues to offer movement workshops and devised theater classes while working on new material for her next production.