Working collaboratively to create designs for performance is central to Ruth’s practice.
She enjoys long term relationships with several companies and directors including Mark Down at Blind Summit, George Peck at the Oxford School of Drama, the Learning Department at the Royal Opera House, Tim Yealland at English Touring Opera and Sarah Quelch at BAC. Early work with Kate Bramley at Hull Truck and Alys Khil at Wonderful Beast were formative experiences.
Her versatility as a designer and educator has enabled her to carve out a unique path of work. Designs 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’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 led to engagements with the country’s leading opera houses and cultural organisations. These include Glyndebourne, the ROH, ENO, Opera North, Punch Drunk, Perth Horsecross Centre, Hackney Music Development Trust, the National Trust, BAC and the BFI.
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 has lead the workshop programme for Stanley Hall Opera for the last 10 years.
After studying Drama at Hull University Ruth trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course under Percy Harris and Alison Chitty who she later assisted for several years.