Educator & Theatre Artist


Photo by  Nina Tan .

Photo by Nina Tan.


My Why:

(1) Create experiences that are authentic. Living. Breathing. Buzzing. I’m solely interested in work that is engaging, relevant, and exciting. Whether that’s in the rehearsal room or the classroom.

(2) Compel theatre audiences with a simultaneous escape from and penetration into reality, especially in subjects relating to queerness, southernness, womanhood, childhood wellness, poverty and classism, and the journey toward joy.

(3) Connect with fellow artists, advocates, educators, and community members through interactions and processes that prioritize kindness, respect, high expectations, and mutual growth.

Ruthie Allen (she/her) is a director currently based in North Carolina. Directing credits include the world premiere of Just Like Now (as the youngest ever director of a ktc mainstage production), Me Too Monologues 2018, Me Too Monologues 2019 (Kenan Theatre Company), Bright Star (Company Carolina), for which she won the UNC Oppie Award and UNC Penny award for Best Direction, and assistant directing credits include Constellations (Playmakers Repertory), Godspell, and The Laramie Project (Company Carolina). She’s also done extensive work as a costume designer and has served as an administrative assistant at Playmakers Repertory for four seasons. Ruthie was the awardee of the Alpha Psi Omega Blue and Gold Award for career achievement in university theatre as well as the UNC Penny Company Coin award for career achievement in university theatre. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the professional union organization for directors, and has engaged in directorial training with institutions including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Directing Intensive, Double Edge Theatre Company, the Theatrical Intimacy Education organization, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A full list of theatre experience can be found here.

Ruthie has also worked in the education field as a teacher, administrator, and policy researcher. She graduated with distinction in 2019 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy with minors in Education and PPE (the study of the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics). She has achievements in extensive research relating to education and education policy. She currently works in Durham, North Carolina as Assistant to the Institute of Teaching and Learning as well as the Summer Programs Coordinator at Carolina Friends School. At UNC, she was the treasurer and Campus Outreach Chair for Students for Education Reform (SFER), a grassroots advocacy group. She’s designed and taught courses to high schoolers on College Affordability, Education Policy 101, and Theatre for Social Movements with Splash UNC and with the SFER Social Justice Summit. She is infant/child CPR and First Aid certified, holds an Early Childhood Education Accreditation, taught for 5 years at Heritage Kids in Wake Forest, and has worked as a teacher's assistant in Montessori Children's House of Wake Forest and Wake Forest WEE Care Preschool.