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2020 BFA Design for Performance alumni Ruru Zhu
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Ruru Zhu

About Ruru

Ruru is a Sydney based multidisciplinary designer with a passion for exploring the complexities of character and world-building.

Prior to NIDA, Ruru studied at UNSW Art & Design and received a Bachelor of Design (Honours) majoring in Graphic Design and Jewellery. Wanting to expand upon the physical and performative element of design, Ruru began studying Design at NIDA and was thrown into the complexities of performance design.

Though she initially was primarily interested in costume design, she has evolved into a multidisciplinary designer in both production and costume, which have opened a barrage of opportunities. This included the internationally renowned Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2019. Alongside with her fellow Designers, Ruru represented the Australian student pavilion through a model art installation, Swag.

Ruru has most recently designed works for New Ghost Theatre Company’s Good People (2019) and Shandy’s Corner
(2019) with Lucy Clements, NIDA’s A Pox on Both your Houses (2020) with Deborah Pollard and triple j Rage’s music
video competition Deuzy Vibe by The Regime (2020).
Instagram: @ruruqizhu

NIDA Productions

Set/Costume Designer

Co-designer/Co-graphic designer

Set/Costume Designer
Deuzy Vibe by The Regime (triple j Unearthed music video)

Set Designer
A Pox on Both Your Houses

Costume Designer
Weimar Kabarett

Design Assistant
River of Neglect by Charbel (triple j Unearthed music video)

SWAG (Prague Quadrennial)

Design Assistant
Alienated (short film)

Design Assistant
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Design Assistant
Ex Machina

Other Productions

Costume Designer
Hotel Bella Luna

Set Designer
Gypsy Dreams by Zelie Zee

Design Assistant

Set Designer
Shandy’s Corner

Set Designer
Good People

Design Assistant
Here, Now, Then

Costume Designer
How to Win Loot and Influence Dragons

Costume Assistant
I Want to Make a Film About Women