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.