Ruth Margraff
Affiliated Writer
Chicago, IL

Margraff's recent writing includes six martial arts operas written with composer Fred Ho: Deadly She-Wolf...critically acclaimed by the New York Times and others at Ellen Stewart LaMama Theater in New York City May 16-June 2, 2013 and Voice of the Dragon 1,2,3 for the Apollo Theater and Brooklyn Academy of Music and several national tours. Ruth’s Night Wind from Afghanistan for the play Seven has toured Sweden, Argentina, Nigeria, India, Turkey, the Balkans, Jordan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Lithuania, France, Belgium and was introduced by Hillary Rodham-Clinton, directed by Julie Taymor featuring Meryl Streep at the Broadway Hudson Theater (New York City).  She received a 2014 NEA Artworks award for her PASSION OF LEYLA; and her BLUE PLANET collaboration with Dah Teatar (Belgrade, Serbia) and 7 Stages (Atlanta USA) received TCG Global Connections and TMUNY awards this year.  She is devising a new project with director Kate Hendrickson after premiering their ANGER/FLY for Trap Door Theater in 2012 to critical acclaim (Chicago). Ruth's CAFÉ ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE with composer Nikos Brisco has been represented byInnova Records and toured recently to 2014 Laguardia Performing Arts Center (NYC); 2013 Ardittos Metz Festival June 30: Πάρκο Λογγίνου/Longinus Park στο Μετς, July 3 Τετάρτη, πεζόδρομο Θεοτόκη στο Μετς/Pedestrian Mary Bazaar, July 6 στο Πάρκο Αγίας Τριάδας καφενείο "Λαμπηδόνα/Cafe Lambidona at Trinity Park interview with Στέλιος Αρτεμάκης for 24 Media Group (Athens, Greece); 2013 Pivot Multi-Arts Festival Berger Park Mansion, preview by Chicago Splash)(Chicago); 2012 Istanbul Ikametgah Kadikoy Festival/Halka Art Project (TURKEY), 2012 Performing Arts Forum (FRANCE); 2011 Ice Factory Festival (New York City), 2011 World Music Festival/Navy Pier (Chicago), 2010 Azerbaijani National Theater/International Mugham Center (AZERBAIJAN), 2009 Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival (EGYPT), 2008 Accidental Festival/Institute for Contemporary Arts (UK), 2008 Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu, National Theater Cluj Euphorion Studio (ROMANIA); 2007 Toronto Junction Arts Festival (CANADA); 2007 Festivale des Concerts a l'Anglicane Holy Trinity de Lakefield (Montreal, QUEBEC);  2006 PreGlej Na Glas!/Wax Factory (SLOVENIA); 2005 Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAMcafe’s “Women in Music” Series; 2005 Pøíští Vlna-Next Wave Festival (CZECH REP); 2005Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu Festival (ROMANIA); 2005 Karantena Performing Arts Festival (Dubrovnik, CROATIA); 2005 Culturemart at Here Arts Center (NYC); 2004 New York Gypsy Festival (NYC); 2003 Novaja Drama Festival/Moscow Art Theatre, Club B2 (RUSSIA); 2003 Rebetiko Music Festival/Melina Mercouri Hall (Isle of Hydra, GREECE); 2002 Bolshoi Zol/Moskva Contemporary American Series (Moscow, Russia); 2002 Perishable Theater Festival (Rhode Island); 2001 BELEF/Beogradski Letnji Festival, Dah Teatar(Belgrade, SERBIA), etc.  Ruth’s other writing has been awarded four Rockefeller Foundation 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, awards from Arts International and Trust for Mutual Understanding of New York, two NYSCA awards, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Project award and a CultureConnect envoy for the State Department to Calcutta (India).  Ruth’s writings are published by Dramatists Play Service, Kendall/Hunt University of Arizona, Watson Guptill/Backstage Books, Performing Arts Journal, American Theatre, Theater Forum, The Drama Review, Playscripts, Inc., New Village Press, Applause Books, Dramatist, NuMuse Anthology/Brown, Chain/Temple, Epoch/Cornell, Conjunctions/Bard, Autonomedia, Skyhorse Publishing/Teatra V!da, NoPassport Press and she is a tenured Chair and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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