SHORT BIO:

Ruth Margraff has been called a leader in the new opera movement in America and has toured with her Café Antarsia Ensemble and her work throughout the  UK, Canada, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Greece,Turkey, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Japan, Egypt and India.  Her writing has been developed and produced in NYC at the Apollo Theatre, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hourglass Group, HERE Arts Center, the Public, Cooper Union, Lincoln Ctr, Kitchen, NYTW, etc., and nationally at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “AlterActive Series” Rosenthal Plaza (Ohio).Playwrights' Center, Red Eye, Walker Art Center (Mpls); University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa (Alabama); Undermain, Club Dada (Dallas); Salvage Vanguard, Rude Mechanicals, Fronterafest, Nerve Dance Co., Deborah Hay Dance Co., Sharirworks (Austin); Perishable, AS220 (Providence); Iowa Playwrights' Workshop (Iowa City); Bottom's Dream, Audrey Skirball-Kenis, Overtone Industries, Theater of Note (Los Angeles); North American Cultural Laboratory Festival (Catskills), Crossing Borders Live (Ithaca), Gypsy Festival at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca (Lodi), Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia);

Viaduct Theater/HotHouse Center for International Performance and Chicago Cultural Institute/Music Without Borders (Chicago). Ruth has been the recipient of grants, awards and honors including four Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts commissions, a McKnight National Commission/Residency, a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship with the Playwrights’ Center, an NEA/TCG national playwriting residency, a Fulbright new opera award to Greece, a TCG Extended Collaboration grant and several ITI travel grants and awards from Arts International and Trust for Mutual Understanding of New York, two NYSCA awards, and was selected for a CultureConnect envoy to Calcutta (India). Ruth’s work is published by Kendall/Hunt University of Arizona, Watson Gutpill/Backstage Books, Performing Arts Journal, American Theatre, Theater Forum, The Drama Review, Playscripts, Inc., Stockyard Magazine, Applause Books, CUNY/Martin Segal Press, Dramatist, Johns Hopkins, Manchester, NuMuse Anthology/Brown, Chain/Temple, Epoch/Cornell, Conjunctions/Bard, Autonomedia, etc. She has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, University of Texas/Michener Center, Fordham, University of Iowa, etc. and is currently Associate Professor of writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ruth is an alumnae of New Dramatists and HERE’s Harp artist residency, member of League of Professional Theater Women, and co-leader of a Theatre Without Borders initiative on theater & peacebuilding with Brandeis University’s Slifka Coexistence International.

Ruth is represented by Susan Schulman Literary Agency.

Ruth's Cafe Antarsia Ensemble is represented by Innova Records.

TEACHING:

♦ 2007-PRESENT Associate Professor of Playwriting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

♦ 2006 Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Athens via Fulbright lecture/research award in new opera (Greece)

♦2001-2005 Visiting Lecturer of Playwriting Yale University graduate school MFA program in Playwriting, Yale School of Drama
♦2001-2003 Visiting Associate Professor of Playwriting Brown University, English/Playwriting/n.k.a. Program of Literary Arts
♦1999-2003 Ast. Prof of Playwriting University of Texas at Austin/ Michener Center for Writers

• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, U.S. Department of State CultureConnect Calcutta special envoy, teaching 4 workshops with PeaceWorks/Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Swayam women against domestic violence, Kalam-marginalized youth from shelters, slums and red light district, Calcutta International School, etc. (Calcutta, India) Fall, 2005
• Guest Lecturer/Adjunct, University of Rochester, International Theater Program (NY) Spring 2006
• Guest Artist Residency, University of Iowa/Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop (Iowa) 2/06, 3/05
• Guest Artist Residency, Dah Teatar Research Centre in Belgrade (Serbia) 10/04, 10/05
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Drew University theater class (New Jersey) 11/05
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Trafo Center for the Arts (Budapest, Hungary) 9/05
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Prague Theater Institute/New Dramatists Interplay: Eastern Europe, (Czech Republic) 10/04
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Hourglass Group “Proscenium Delirious” (NYC) 4/04, 11/04, 5/05, 9/05
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Pataphysics/The Flea Theater 12/05
• Guest Lecturer, Fordham University/Lincoln Center “Advanced Playwriting” Spring 2004 and “Introduction to the Theater” Fall 2004 (NY)
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Allihies Language & Art Center, (Allihies on Beara Penninsula of West Cork, Ireland) Summer, 2004 http://www.allihies.ie/events/playwriting.html
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Austin Scriptworks (Austin, TX) 4/04
• Guest Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “The Actor in the Text” with Prof. Daniel Alexander Jones (MA) 4/02
• Guest Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design “Screenwriting/Animation” with filmmaker Laura Calella(RI) 3/02
• Guest Lecturer, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa on Night Vision with graduate dramaturgs and playwrights with Professor Paul Castegna (AL) 3/01
• Guest Lecturer/Master Class, Audrey Skirball Kenis playwriting workshop on comedy and Tragedy also presenting lecture “The Stadium & Theater in Punctum at the Beloved and Life-like Torso of Antinoos” inspired by Teatrou Eros conference in Athens and Delphi, Greece; (Los Angeles, CA) 10/00
• Guest Lecturer, New York University "Music Theater Program" to graduates librettists/lyricists and composers on Night Vision (NYC) 2/00
• Adjunct Professor of English, Long Island University (Brooklyn and Clearpool/Crown Heights) 1997-1999
• Adjunct Professor of English St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) 1997-1998
• Adjunct Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College Fall, 1996
• Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, “On the Musical, Playwriting and New Opera” Malaspina College & University/E-Script International 1996-2008

ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES, PANELS, etc.

* 2008 Sibiu International Theater Festival/Romanian Cultural Institute/American Theater Magazine symposia, book launching and press meeting for roMANIA after 2000: 5 new Romanian plays in Sibiu (Romania) 6/08
* 2007 Lecture on “The Powers of Playwriting for Women’s Rights” for American Center/American Embassy for Women’s History Month 3/07 (Calcutta, India)

* 2007 Voice & Vision at Bard College for SEVEN residency 6/07 (CT) * 2007 Kofest teaching playwriting workshop at Amherst College 8/07 (MA)
*2006 “New Symposium” Isle of Paros (Greece) UIowa Int’l Writing Program published in a colloquy of voices with writers from Kenya, Sri Lanka, Israel, Indonesia, etc. 5/06
*2006 International Peace Research Association conference with Coexistence International/TWB in Calgary, Canada 6/06* 2006 Hedgebrook Residency/CalArts Herb Alpert award artist residency (Washington)
* 2004 Allihies Language & Arts Center, Allihies, Beara, West Cork (Ireland) 7/04
* 2003 Japanese Noh Theater Writing Workshop commission and guest artist Theater Nohgaku/Asian Cultural Council at National Noh Theater of Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
* 2003 Bay Area Playwrights' Festival "Theater, Community & Civic Discourse" panelist 8/1/03 (San Francisco)
* 2003 Theater Yugen reading series with Theater Nohgaku (San Fran) 6/28-30/03
* 2003 Theater Nohgaku Bloomsburg Japanese Noh training 8/03 (PA)
* 2002 Key West Writing Residency/Joanne Jacobson/New Dramatists (Key West)
* 2002 Hudson Valley Artists Foundation/HARP in Pawling (NY)
* 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 Choate Rosemary Hall/Hourglass Group Retreat (Connecticut)
* 2001 First Contemporary Theater Festival guest juror in Riga (Latvia)
* 2001 New York Theater Workshop at Dartmouth residency with Drama 65 & Red Frogs;
* 2000 Women's International Playwriting Festival "Eros Teatrou", participant in Athens and Delphi, (Greece);
* 2001 Observer, Voces Del Tajin dir. Andrea Paciotto in Paplanta (Veracruz, Mexico)
* 1998 Villa Serbelloni/Foundazione Rockefeller Team Residency to write new desert songs, Bellagio, (Italy);
* 1998 Villa Santa Maria Reggiana, La MaMa Umbria International, “Artista in Visita” at Spoleto, (Italy);
* 1999 Observer, United Nations Civil Affairs in peacekeeping: Sarajevo, Mostar, Prozor-Rama and Jablanica, (Bosnia);
* 1998 Audrey-Skirball Kinness Spring Retreat, featured playwright 3/29-4/5, (LA);
* 1998 Frontera@Hyde Park guest playwright, TCG/NEA theater res. w/Laurie Carlos
* 1997 Observer, Guatemala City, Chichicastenanga, Tikal, Antigua (Guatemala)

EDUCATION

♦1993-1995 Brown University, ENGLISH/Playwriting, full scholarship Master of Fine Arts (RI)
♦1988-1989 Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, University of Iowa, MFA. candidate (IA);
♦1984-1988 Cedarville College, ENGLISH/Education, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude (OH);