“Her streamlined concept holds plenty of interest and originality."
— Opera Magazine, Fairy Queen
“A work of art!”
— Fringe Opera, Clive and Other Stories
“A thoroughly enjoyable reading, which introduced a
significantly youthful and enthusiastic audience...”
— Opera Scotland, Rigoletto
THEATRE • OPERA
Ruth’s work encompasses writing & directing for the theatre and opera house, as well as locations including schools, museums and festivals. Her approach is bold and inventive, influenced by a love of interdisciplinary work and bringing together her backgrounds in art, music and writing. Her work is always expertly tailored to the needs and values of those who come to watch or take part.
Recent highlights include directing a team of professional singers with unaccompanied minors on the main stage of Opera Holland Park, directing a new version of Purcell’s Fairy Queen; and creating the first opera for thousands of visitors at The Eden Project.
WRITER • DIRECTOR
As a writer and director, Ruth has directed repertoire and created new work for theatres including The Lawrence Batley Theatre, The Royal Opera Clore Studio & Linbury Theatre, Milton Court Studio Theatre. She recently directed a new folklore-inspired production of Purcell's Fairy Queen for Waterperry Opera Festival. Future productions include a people's opera to be announced in 2020 and engagements with The Guildhall School and Constella Opera Ballet.
Ruth is Artistic Director of multi-award winning production company Gestalt Arts, whose projects have included the first opera at the Eden Project, a collaboration with The Museum of London, and an opera on young people’s responses to extremist violence created with anti-terrorist organisation The Active Change Foundation.
As an assistant director, Ruth has worked for companies including Guildhall School, Garsington Youth Opera Company, LSO Discovery/Barbican, working with directors including Martin Lloyd-Evans and Martin Constantine.
Ruth’s works have featured in Opera Magazine, BBC Wales, Radio 3, ITV and Channel 4 news. She has spoken about her work at The Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and Welsh National Opera.
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LEARNING & PARTICIPATION
Ruth is in demand within participatory theatre-making, creating education projects for organisations including The Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Opera North. Her next project is an SEND piece for English Touring Opera, which will tour the UK and Europe. She is part of Mahoganny Opera Group's Snappy Operas team, directing for events including the New Music Bienielle for the Hull City of Culture.
Founder & Director of The Librettist Network, an organisation dedicated to the development of new works of opera and music theatre. Regular partners include Guildhall School, National Opera Studio and The Royal Opera House, where she co-produced the Open Studio series for Engender Festival 2019.
Ruth has recently joined the Opera faculty at The Royal Academy of Music, where she will be mentoring writers and composers in Opera Creation.
Ruth has spoken and lectured for many conferences and organisations including The Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Welsh National opera, and Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. From 2017 - 2018 she sat on the board of Stage Directors UK.
Best Opera, Youth Audiences Music Award 2018
Opera Awards Foundation Bursary 2017/18
The Amati Global Investors Creative Entrepreneurship Award 2017
The Stephen Oliver Award 2017
“The stage was used with maximum efficiency and inventiveness
by stage directors Karen Gillingham and Ruth Mariner.” — Bachtrack