Ruth enjoys 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 Mark Down at Blind Summit where she is an Associate Artist.
She is currently working with Thomas Guthrie on their 4th production together, returning to Longborough Festival Opera to design The Flying Dutchman after their acclaimed Magic Flute at last year’s festival.
She continues to work with Blind Summit, creating adult, puppet-based theatre including recent commissions from the Spoleto, Bregenz and Edinburgh festivals.
Ruth’s connection to and love of music has led to designing many operas and music productions for companies such as the City of London Sinfonia/ The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Festival Hall, Surrey Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.
A flair for facilitating creative projects with people of all ages and abilities has brought engagements with the country’s leading opera houses and cultural organisations. These include the ROH, ENO, Opera North, Punch Drunk, Garsington, Hackney Music Development Trust, the National Trust, BAC and the BFI. Designs in this field have ranged from full- scale newly commissioned plays and operas for young people (The Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera, English Touring Opera, Southwark Playhouse) to community operas with huge casts on vast stages (The Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Opera North).
Formal teaching includes projects for Wimbledon School of Art, Northbrook Art School and Durham University as well as CPD teacher training workshops at Opera North, The Royal Opera House and BAC. She instigated and led the workshop programme for Stanley Hall Opera from 2005-2015.
After studying Drama at Hull University Ruth trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course under Percy Harris and Alison Chitty who she later assisted.