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Ruby Rees

About Ruby

Ruby is a female-identifying multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Sydney. She undertook intensive acting, playwrighting and directing training at the world-renowned Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City. She earned her professional writing and editing degree at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Ruby was the youngest recipient of the National St Martin’s Playwriting Award in 2010 for her first play Serpents. She completed a residency at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Company in 2016. She was commissioned by the company to write and direct an original work for their 10th Anniversary Season. Upon her return to Australia, Ruby directed a series of plays for independent Melbourne companies including Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock at renowned Melbourne theatre fortyfivedownstairs, which saw a sold-out season and rave reviews.

While at NIDA, Ruby expanded her practice to include theatre-making, devising, and the adaptation of new works. Ruby began development with her debut feature film, the first to come out of Australia employing only female-identifying cast, crew and creatives.

NIDA Productions


Assistant Director
When the Rain Stops Falling

Bruce Banner by Order Sixty6 (triple j Unearthed music video)

A Witch’s Brew

Weimar Kabarett 2020

Other Productions

Land (Three Fates Theatre Company)

Punk Rock (fortyfivedownstairs)

Independence (Motley Bauhaus)

Tusk Tusk (St Martin’s Theatre)