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.
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, the Wigmore Hall, 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). Ruth is a judge and advisor on the Royal Opera House Design Challenge (2005-ongoing).
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.
After studying Drama at Hull University Ruth trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course under Percy Harris and Alison Chitty who she later assisted.