James J. Ruth

James J. Ruth

Actor, Worldbuilder, Technician, Charity Founder, Storyteller


I’m an intrepid explorer traversing the many crossroads of technology and storytelling. From the most intimate table-top settings to the largest theatrical productions, I believe in the magic that unfurls when one discovers something about themselves and the world-at-large through live performance.

Past Collaborators and Select Reviews

“We can't do theatre without a person like you, James”

Elena Araoz
Producing Artistic Director, Princeton

"I have to give a special shout-out to James J Ruth who played the extremely taxing (physically and vocally) role of the Bat Boy. James was fully committed to the role every single second on stage and turned in a truly amazing performance."

Richard Biever
Professor & Director at Penn State

"​​Rarely if ever are the enigmatic and mystical [entity] of... Dramaturg discussed in write-ups; they are the unsung heroes that move the production along, often the left and right hand of the Director. A level-103 Dramaturg...James Ruth, respectively, moves the production along with great expedience. "

Amanda Gunther
Theatre Bloom

"​James Ruth made balance adjustments and lined up the feeds in real time [which] only enhanced the excitment - and long-missed experience - of live performace, where aynthing can happen. The result was wildly imaginative, musically powerful, and technically couragous."

Joanne Sydney Lessner
Opera News

"​James Ruth as the Serial Barber, of Fleet Street. This role is a mix of Dave Vanian, Heathcliff, and Jeff Dahmer – but Ruth claims ownership of the role with low key confidence.  I’ve seen a lot of variations on the demon barber, but he seems to find his place as an actor (and singer) at the eye of the tornado."

John Barry 


"James Ruth delivers a very energetic and heart-felt performance as Harold Hill, he is reminiscent very much of a young Ray Bolger in every way."

Roman Gusso 
Showbiz Radio

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Secret Skill: IT Solutions

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Wow! Since you scrolled all the way down, I'll even let you in on my secret abilities. On top of all of the artistic and charitable endeavors, I'm also a trained IT professional; having worked with a dozen companies on both small scale and enterprise solutions. So if you think maybe you don't need my art, but just want some help in the world of computers and technology, I can offer assistance in that realm too!

Simply use the Contact Form and give me the details about your issue, and I will offer a free consultation of what I can do to fix the problem, alongside a quote.

  • System Administration, Programming, Home Networks
  • C++, Java, Javascript, Python
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