Gestalt Arts, Asylum © Andreas Grieger

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Newbury Corn Exchange © Andreas Grieger

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Fairy Queen
Fairy Queen

Waterperry Opera Festival © Greg Viet

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Gestalt Arts, Asylum © Andreas Grieger

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Ruth Mariner

 Director/ Writer

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I am a writer & director creating narrative & experience-based work within interdisciplinary performance and reimagined opera.

My work explores social transformation and the interplay between contemporary and mythical worlds through playful stylisation, magic realism, and the female gaze. 

Motivated by social & political interest, I create work for the opera house stage, studio theatre, and public spaces. Since 2020, I have been expanding my practice digitally, through virtual reality, interactive and playful media.

“A multidisciplinarian,
 visionary, tour de force!”
— Exeunt Magazine, Clive and Other Stories  
“Plenty of originality.”
— Opera Magazine, Fairy Queen 



 Through opera and interdisciplinary performance, I create contemporary myths, rituals and total-artworks for a world that has forgotten that everything is interconnected. My practice catalyses the power of musical performance, story and immersive experience to reveal deep human truths, and facilitate our collective transformation.

As a director, writer and dramaturg, I love to be an invisible force for unlocking and synthesizing creativity: the magician in the room. I love to create large-scale opera with leading directors, baroque and contemporary chamber works, and interdisciplinary performances, working with a range of collaborators, from artists to young people, curators, scientists, digital artists, and babies.

I have created award-winning projects for spaces including The Linbury Studio Theatre - Royal Opera House, The Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Eden Project. Working with artists and communities internationally, my productions have been featured on BBC Radio 3, ITV and Channel 4.

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 | Youth Audiences Music Award | 2020

Nomination, "Best Opera"

"Best Opera"

 | Youth Audiences Music Award | 2018

 | Foundation Bursary | 2017/18

lnternational Opera Awards

Creative Entrepreneurship Award

| Amati Global Investors | 2017

Stephen Oliver Award

| 2017