RUTH HOWARD is the founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre. She has created and produced many original theatre and interdisicplinary arts events, with and before Jumblies, including "Bridge of One Hair" (2007), "Once A Shoreline" (2004), "Twisted Metal and Mermaids Tears" (2000), and other projects that combine visual imagery, design, performance, music, movement, words, story gathering and telling, oral history and community arts practice.
Ruth has been a key figure in the Canadian Community Play movement (imported to Canada by Dale Hamilton in 1990), designing large-scale community plays in Rockwood (The Spirit of Shivaree, written by Dale Hamilton and produced by the Colway Theatre Trust) and Blyth Ontario ( Many Hands, written by Dale Hamilton and produced by the Blyth Festival), Fort Quappelle, Sask. (Pa'Ko'Pi'Ci'Wak, written and produced by Rachael Van Fossen and Darryl Wildcat), Torquay (The Torbay Tempest, written by Jon Oram and produced by the Devon Shakespeare Project) and Manchester (E-Time, written by Maggie Willett and produced by Salford Open Theatre) U.K., and Enderby, B.C. (Not the Way I Heard It, written by Cathy Stubington and James Fagan Tait).
Prior to founding Jumblies, Ruth worked for over 20 years as a set and costume designer at theatre companies across Canada and in the U.K. (including a residency at the Globe Theatre, Regina, several summers at Caravan Farm Theatre), and as a teacher and designer at many universities, colleges and schools. Ruth has given presentations and workshops in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., published articles, and won several awards for her work and productions, including a 2005 Toronto Community Foundation, "Vital People" award, and a 2007 Dora Nomination for costume design of "Bridge of One Hair".
Ruth is a graduate of Eastbourne College of Art and Design, the University of Toronto and the National Theatre School of Canada. She was a founding board member of Common Weal, Regina; a former board member of Associated Designers of Canada and Community Arts Ontario; and currently sits on the boards of Shadowland Theatre and the Toronto Arts Council, where she is the chair of the TAC's Community Arts Grants Committee.
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