BIO - Ruth Pieloor (she / her)
Ruth has a background in dance and physical theatre and as an established theatre-trained Actor (UWS Theatre Nepean), improv artist, puppeteer, and drama tutor/coach with 30 years in the industry, she is now undertaking a Diploma in Screen and Media study at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Ruth hopes to adapt and expand her current skillset to emerge as a filmmaker.
Ruth's recent training includes screen-craft with Beyond the Lens, TAFTA, Greg Apps TAT, and Screen Canberra’s 'Film Plus' courses, and Playback Theatre training with Rebus Theatre. Previous acting includes performing in various short films, a feature, and pilot for a web series (to be released soon). She has acted in several stage productions with ACT’s leading company The Street Theatre, and performed in multiple unscripted works with ImproACT. Ruth is a role-play actor with ANU Medical School, resident Clown Doctor with The Humour Foundation, Australian Writers Guild member, and proud MEAA Ambassador.
Ruth has written for and performed in a multitude of Short and Sweet festivals over the decades in both Sydney and Canberra 'Gala Finals', winning multiple ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Production’ awards. A resident writer with The Street Theatre’s HIVE program, participant in The Street Theatre’s EXPAND producer mentorship program, and independent theatre delegate at Australian Theatre Forum, Ruth is fast establishing herself as a multi-arts creative. Following successful ArtsACT funded developments, and supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Ruth has published 2 plays: UNDER MY BED Australian Plays Transform 2020, and DEMENTED with Currency Press, which was produced at ‘the Q’ 2022, supported by ArtsACT, QPRC, and Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.
Ruth has programmed and facilitated performance workshops in corporate settings, schools, communities, with adults with disabilities, and has concepted / directed and presented countless performances for: Canberra Youth Theatre, ATYP, Rebus Theatre, Short and Sweet, Radford College of Performing Arts, McDonald College of Performing Arts, Kambala Girls School, Kincoppal, Scotts College, ImproACT, and a plethora of other public and private schools throughout Sydney, Canberra and regionally. Ruth is passionate about inspiring and encouraging artists to support one another, in order to strengthen, diversify, and share our best arts practices.