Ruthie's central belief in regards to theater--one that flows through each of her productions, workshops, or classes--is that every person should consider themselves capable of creating. She works to use her training and excellence in technique to provide a place where even the least experienced individual can feel welcome, important, and in harmony with others.
Trained in devised theater methods and directing, Ruthie is a facilitator and creator who relies heavily on her English literature background in her work. She has worked in theater education with all levels, from elementary to college age, and regularly facilitates and directs in communities and churches.
She received a B.A. in English literature from Wheaton College in Illinois, where she was a member of Arena Theater's "Workout" ensemble. While at Wheaton she also served as the president of the student run theater club Jukebox Theater.
After working for Pittsburgh Public Theater in their education department, Ruthie 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.
Ruthie and her husband Bruce started an artist fellowship at their church in Somerville, MA before setting out on a series of artist residencies, which they are currently pursuing across the USA. She has recently turned her focus to playwriting and developing her "Exploring Scripture Through Movement" workshops, in an attempt to help reintroduce sacred theater to the contemporary church.