Ruth is a set and costume designer for theatre, opera and dance. She trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course and is based in South London.

Engagement, outreach and teaching forms part of Ruth’s practice and she is a lead artist for the Learning and Participation departments at Garsington Opera, English National Opera and the Royal Opera House where she also works on the annual Design Challenge.

Ruth has enjoyed long term relationships with several companies and directors including George Peck at the Oxford School of Drama, the Learning Department at the Royal Opera House, Tim Yealland at English Touring Opera and directors Thomas Guthrie and Karen Gillingham.  She is an associate artist at Blind Summit where she has been part of the company under director Mark Down since 2014.

Ruth’s connection to and love of music has led to designing many operas and music productions nationally (recently at the Barbican and Longborough Festival Opera)  and internationally (Bregenz and Spoleto Festivals, Abu Dhabi National Theatre, Princeton and MIT universities). She also enjoys collaborations with orchestras including CLS and the OAE.

She instigated and led the workshop programme for Stanley Hall Opera from 2005-2015. Formal teaching includes projects for Wimbledon School of Art, Northbrook Art School and Durham University.



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  1. Dear Ruth,

    At the National Student Opera Society, we are developing a series of talks related to Opera Insights. The aim is to discuss a specific topic within opera production with the particular insight of the interviewee, thus providing our audience with a deeper understanding of the industry.

    We would like to invite to an Online Interview for students and professionals to speak with you about your career, your creative process, your collaboration with different institutions. 

    We would like to interview you on Thursday May 21st, or Monday May 25th. The intervew will be live at 6 p.m. (London time) and will last 1 hour, with Q&A from the audience. We can reconvene another date or time if it suits you better.

    Please let me know if you’d be interested in taking part of this project during this quarantine period to enlighten and bring together young and professional artists. 

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Stefano Boccacci
    NSOS Content Creator

    1. Dear Stefano,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Perhaps you can tell me a little more, what kind of questions there would be and who would be doing the interviewing.

      Best wishes,

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