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Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard is the founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, a Toronto-based company that makes art in everyday and unexpected places, with, for and about the people and stories found there, and that trains and mentors artists. Ruth and Jumblies have created many original arts events, including Oy Di Velt Vet Vern Yinger at Camp Naivelt, Brampton (remounted for Toronto’s 2009 Mayworks Festival), Bridge of One Hair in Etobicoke (premiered at Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage in 2007, and winning a Dora Nomination and a Trillium Foundation Great Grants Award), Once A Shoreline at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre (2004), South Riverdale’s Twisted Metal and Mermaids Tears (2000) and other projects that combine oral history, story-telling, visual imagery, different forms and traditions, community-building and large-scale public participation. Jumblies’ current project is 4-year residency in East Scarborough, heading towards a multi-community production in December 2010 – Like An Old Tale, an Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale. Ruth also has many years of experience as a set and costume designer, with teaching credentials at many universities, colleges and schools.