Ruth Howard is a theatre and interdisciplinary artist, and the founding Artistic Director of the beloved Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre which makes art with, for, and about the people and stories found in ordinary and extraordinary spaces and places. She has created many projects within Toronto and across Canada that bring together artists and participants of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to combine visual imagery, performance, music, movement, oral history and community arts practice.
Ruth is a graduate of Eastbourne College of Art and Design, the National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto, has several decades of experience across Canada and in the U.K. as a set and costume designer, and teaching credentials at many universities, colleges and schools. She has won awards and distinctions for her work, including the 2018 Toronto Community Foundation Celebration of Cultural Life Award; in 2012 the Canadian Urban Institute’s “City Soul” Award and the Dora George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Theatre; and a 2006 Toronto Community Foundation “Vital People” Award.
Over her years at AlgomaTrad, Ruth is often joined by colleagues from Jumblies to facilitate and collaborate on diverse, community-based projects and classes. Ruth is also a dedicated Irish Set Dancer and a novice Swing Dancer with her beloved partner Stephen Cooper.