Ruth Pongstaphone

Director & Designer

Bangkok . New York . Berlin

 
Theatre, Film, & Design

2012
TOWER
An original new music concert and site specific dance performance 
Anne Hamilton’s Tower, Oliver Ranch Foundation, Geyserville, CA
Produced by Sympho
Composed by Paul Haas, Christopher Bono and Bora Yoon 
Staging & visual design by Ruth Pongstaphone

2011
ARCO 
A new music concert for Tune-In Festival
The Park Ave Armory, New York, NY
Created by Sympho 
Composed by Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon 
Staging & visual design by Ruth Pongstaphone 

Three 9€ Opera 
Script workshop and Street theatre performance
Hildburghausen, Germany
Music by Justin Ciuche, Tilo Schaefer, and Bjorn Sauer
Written & Directed by Ruth Pongstaphone

2010
Das ImaginareLand
A new social comedy play with original music
Stadttheatre Hildburghausen, Thuringia Germany 
Written & directed by Ruth Pongstaphone
Performed by The Kunstbrauerei Ensemble

“untitledLEAR”  
A new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear 
Alliance Francais, Yangon Myanmar 
Written & directed by Ruth Pongstaphone
Performed by Ralph Cotteril, May Thet Zaw & ensemble

Amazon Falls Water Theme Park 
A prospective new water theme park and entertainment arena
The Beaches, Jomtien Thailand
Executive Director of Art & Entertainment -Ruth Pongstaphone

2009
Lilit Pralor 
A Contemporary Thai Musical Drama 
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Written, Directed & Performed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Book of Ghosts 
A contemporary solo dance theatre performance based on a Thai Spirit mythology
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Created by Patravadi Medjudhon for the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Directed by Danny Yung 
Costume Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Metamorphosis 
A new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
Alliance Français, Yangon Burma
Curated by - Nyein Linhtet for Theatre of the Disturbed
Written & Directed by Ruth Pongstaphone
Performed by students of the Alliance Français

SpaceDance Thailand 
Butoh Workshop & Performance
Suan Silp Baan Din, Ratchaburi Thailand
Produced by Dhamma Theatre West Inc
Created & Choregraphed by - Tetsuro Fukuhara
Directed & Designed by Ruth Pongstaphone

Maya Bar 
Contemporary cabaret performance & venue 
Hilton Millenium Hotel, Bangkok Thailand
Produced & Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Designed by Ruth Pongstaphone
2008
Lightening at Our Feet 
New Opera exploring the poetic works of Emily Dickinson in music
BAM : Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Bob McGrath
Composed by Michael Gordon
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Man of LaMancha 
Thai production of the original Broadway musical
Ratchadalai Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Directed by Euthana Mukdasanit
Senior Costume Consultant Ruth Pongstaphone

2007
Delusion of the Fury 
New Opera by Harry Partch 
Japan Society, New York NY
Directed by John Jesurun
Costumes originally designed by Ruth Pongstaphone

Philoktetes 
Original play by John Jesurun
Soho Repertory Theatre, New York
Written & directed by John Jesurun
Costumes by Ruth Pongstaphone

Henryk Gorecki  
Music Concert
BAM -Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Bob McGrath
Performed by  Nathalie Paulin & orchestra
Costume Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Trinity Test : Part One 
Original dance theatre performance 
United Nations, Bangkok Thailand
Commissioned for the 60th Anniversary of UNESCAP
Written, Directed & Designed by Ruth Pongstaphone
Composed by Ellen Reid and Lung Noi
Performed by Erin Drummond, Silipan Thongaram, Thanapol Virunhakul with Khon dancers from the Thai National Theatre

2006
Hua Hin New Year’s Circus  
Acrobatic Performances for Street Theatre
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Costume Design & Creation by - Ruth Pongstaphone

The Difficultyof Crossing a Field 
New Opera by David Lang 
Kasser Theatre, Montclair New Jersey
Created by  Ridge Theater
Directed by Bob McGrath
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Carbon Copy Building 
New Opera by Bang On a Can
The Kitchen, New York NY
Created by  Ridge Theater
Directed by Bob McGrath
Costumes by Ruth Pongstaphone

Anatomy Theatre - 
New Opera by David Lang
Mass MOCA, North Adams Massachusetts
Created by  Ridge Theater
Directed by Bob McGrath
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Chalawan 
Contemporary Thai Likay Musical
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Written & Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Composed by Anand Narkkong
Production & Costume Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Sarnthong 
A Contemporary adaptation of a Thai myth
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Written & Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Production Design & Creation by Ruth Pongstaphone
Performed by Manop Meejamrat

String of Fragmentation 
Contemporary Thai Drama 
Studio Nine Performance Lab, Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Written by Panisa Puvapiromquan
Designed by Ruth Pongstaphone

Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Thai lyrical theatre workshop production
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Adapted & Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Associate Director & Production Design by - Ruth Pongstaphone

2005
Shelter
New Opera by Bang On A Can, 
BAM -Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Directed by Bob McGrath
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Second Visit to the Empress 
Contemporary Chinese Dance Opera by Shenwei Dance Arts 
Lincoln Center & American Dance Festival
Directed & Choreographed by Shenwei
Costumes Designed & Created by Ruth Pongstaphone

Pimpa 
Contemporary Thai Dance Theatre 
Studio One, Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Performed & Choregraphed by Sirithorn Srichalakom
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

A Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus 
Intercultural Dance Theatre adaptation of Andromache by Racine
Soho Ice Factory, Ohio Theatre, New York, NY
Directed by Daniel Safer
Performed by WRC Theatre Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Oedipus 
New Opera by Harry Partch, 
Kasser Theatre, Montclair New Jersey
Directed by Bob McGrath
Costumes Designed & Created by - Ruth Pongstaphone

2004
Blood on the Cat’s Neck 
Intercultural Dance Theatre adaptation of Blood on the Cat’s Neck by Fassbinder
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Created  by WRC Theatre Company & The Patravadi Theatre Repertory Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Wicked 
Broadway Musical, 
The Minskoff Theatre, New York NY
Produced by Stone Productions
Prosthetic Make-up Creation by Ruth Pongstaphone & The Real Fx Company

LobsterFace 
Contemporary social drama
Intar Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Daniel Jacques
Costume Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

2003
Robert Zucco 
Dance Theatre adaptation of Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes
Koltes Festival Ohio Theatre, New York, NY
Created by WRC Theatre Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Aladdin The Musical Spectacular 
Disney Musical
Hyperion Theatre Disneyland, Anaheim Califormia
Directed by Francesca Zambello
Character Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone & The Real Fx Company

2002
Mr Kolpert 
Play by David Geiselman
Dixon Place Theatre, New York, NY
Created by WRC Theatre Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

2001
The Show Must Go On 
Contemporary Thai Musical 
Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok Thailand
Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Katzelmacher & Germany in Autumn 
Dance Theatre adaptation of works by Fassbinder
ETW Studio -New York University, New York NY
Created by WRC Theatre Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

No Exit 
Physical Theatre adaptation of the play No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
Danspace, New York, NY
Created by WRC Theatre Company
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Just As If  
Narrated documentary theatre with original music
78th Street Theatre Lab, New York NY
Written by Shelley Berke
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Composed by Sergei Dreznin
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

At Jennie Richie 
New Opera Theatre
Chicago Museum of Modern Art, St Ann’s Wharehouse, The Kitchen
Created by Ridge Theatre, 
Directed by Bob McGrath
Composed by Julia Wolfe
Puppet & Special Effects Design & Creation by Ruth Pongstaphone

Lobster Boy 
Musical Satire Cabaret
Dixon Place Theatre, New York, NY
Directed by Daniel Safer
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

2000
Kit Marlowe 
Play by David Grimm
The Public Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Brian Kulick
Make-up & Special Effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

Roberto Zucco 
Play by Bernard Marie Koltes 
Currican Theatre, New York, NY
Directed by Daniel Safer
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Full Circle
Play by Charles Mee 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Puppet Creation & Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

Loot 
Play by Joe Orton 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Special Effects Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

1999
Great God Brown
Play by Eugene O’Neill
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Daniel Jacques
Costume Design & Creation by Ruth Pongstaphone

We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay  
Play by Dario Fo 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Character Make-up & Special Effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

GUM 
Play by Karen Hartman 
Centerstage, Baltimore, MD
Directed by Tim Vasen
Special Effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Scarlett Pimpernel 
Broadway Musical  & Tour
The Minskoff Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Robert Longbottom
Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Charlie in the House of Rue 
Story by Robert Coover
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Bob McGrath
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

1998
Waiting for Godot
Play by Samuel Beckett
Classic Stage Company, New York, NY
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Capeman 
Broadway Musical
The Marquis Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Mark Morris
Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Band in Berlin 
Film by Anthony Chase
St Ann’s Warehouse, New York NY
Directed by Susan Feldman
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

Retribution
The Lambs Theatre, Off Broadway, New York NY
Directed by Michael Unger
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
The McCarter Theatre, Princeton NJ
Directed by Michael Unger
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Damned Thing & The Sandalwood Box 
Plays by Mac Wellman 
LaMama Theatre, New York NY
Created by Ridge Theater
Directed by Bob Mc Grath
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Taming of the Shrew 
Play by William Shakepeare 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Andrei Serban
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

Jungle of Cities 
Play by Bertolt Brecht
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Imaginary Invalid 
Play by Molière 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass 
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Character Make-up & Special Effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

HMS Pinafore 
Musical by Gilbert & Sullivan 
Centerstage, Baltimore MD
Directed by Irene Lewis
Character Make-up & Special Effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Black Cat 
Adapted from the 1934 film script performed by Boris Karloff
Danspace St Mark’s Church, New York NY 
Directed by Daniel Safer
Production Design by Ruth Pongstaphone 

Terror Firmer 
Cult horror film 
TROMA Films, New York NY 
Directed by Loyd Kaufman
Head of Special Effects Design -Ruth Pongstaphone

1997
Ivanov - 
Play by Anton Chekhov
Lincoln Center Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Gerald Gutierrez
Prosthetic Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Scarlet Pimpernel 
Broadway Musical
The Minskoff Theatre, New York NY
Directed by Perter Hunt
Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Woyzeck 
Play by Georg Büchner
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Marcus Stern
Special Costume pieces by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 
New Opera by John Moran 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by Bob McGrath
Character Make-up by Ruth Pongstaphone

The Bacchae 
Play by Euripedes 
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass
Directed by François Rochaix
Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Triumph of Love 
New Musical (Broadway Premier)
The Royale Theatre, New York, NY
Directed by Michael Meyer
Character Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

1996
Triumph of Love 
New Musical (Preview)
Centerstage, Baltimore MD
Directed by Michael Meyer
Character Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

1995
Day of Absence 
Play by Douglas Turner Ward
Centerstage, Baltimore MD
Directed by Marion McClinton
Character Make-up Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Buried Child 
Play by Sam Shepard
Villa Julie Stage, Baltimore MD
Character Make-up Design & Special Props by Ruth Pongstaphone


Theatre Awards
2001
Obie Award for Best Collaborative Design - Ruth Pongstaphone for At Jennie Richie roduced by Ridge Theatre


Theatre Festivals & Educational Work
2008
IUI Conference 
Alliance Français, Yangon Myanmar
Co-organizer, Collaborating Artist & Director
Workshop in Performance Design, Physical Theatre and self-scripting with collaborating director Rey Buono.
Produced by Theatre of The Disturbed
Attended & Performed by the students of the Alliance Français

2009
Architecture & Performance
INDA, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand
Curriculum Advisor  & Instructor
Workshop for architecture students exploring the performance of architecture and the performances created by architecture.

Metamorphosis: Butoh & Physical Theatre
Alliance Français, Yangon Myanmar
Director & Instructor
Collaborative scripting workshop and performance of original work with the students of the Alliance Français
Produced by Theatre of The Disturbed, Alliance Français, & Goethe Institute
Attended & Performed by the students of the Alliance Français
 
SpaceDance Thailand
The Bangkok International Performance Festival 
Suan Silp Baan Din Art Center, Ratchaburi Thailand
Producer & Director 
International Butoh Workshop & Performance with Tetsuro Fukuhara
Produced by Dhamma Theatre West
Supported by Japan Foundation

2008
DAI  (Dhamma Artists Intensive)
Program Director
Performing artists international exchange & cross-cultural training program in Southeast Asian classical and contemporary theatre forms and perspectives.
Produced by Dhamma Theatre West Inc.
Hosted by Patravadi Theatre & EmptySpace Art Center, Thailand

2000 - 2008
Director & Designer Collaboration 
Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, New York University
Curriculum Creation & Instructor
Two semester course in original work, artistic collaboration and development of communication tools for artists. 

Design: Performing Objects 
Curriculum Design & Instructor
Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, New York University
Semester course in design for theatre, expanding the idea of performance to objects on the stage. 

2006 - 2007
BAI (Bangkok Artists Intensive) 
Program Director 
International exchange & cross-cultural training program offering an interface 
between Southeast Asian and Western theatre forms and perspectives.
Produced by Dhamma Theatre West Inc.
Hosted by Patravadi Theatre

2005
BICPA (Bangkok International Center for the Performing Arts)
Program Co-Director
Artists cultural exchange & cross-cultural performer training program for advanced students of physical theatre performance.
Hosted by Patravadi Theatre

2003 - 2005
Bangkok Performance Bootcamp 
Co-founder, Director, & Instructor 2003 - 2005
Artists cultural exchange & cross-cultural ensemble physical theatre performer training program combining Eastern and Western concepts in theatre, including the study of Thai and Western classical and contemporary art forms. 
Produced by WRC Theatre Inc.
Hosted by Patravadi Theatre



Title Positions
2006 - present
Dhamma Theatre West Inc.
Founder & Director
Dhamma Theatre West is a non-profit producing organization that supports and facilitates intercultural education, dialogue and collaboration between theatre artists from Southeast Asia and the West.  The organization was founded in 2006 in the effort to undertake the exploration of Buddhist perspectives and experiences with and within theatrical technique, performance, narrative, philosophy and iconography.
 www.dhammatheatrewest.org

2001 - present
The Patravadi Theatre
Head of Design 
The Patravadi Theatre and the Patravadi Theatre School are renowned international theatre institutions in Thailand for producing and hosting contemporary local and international performance works and educational programs in theatre arts. Founded and Directed by Patravadi Medjudhon. 

2000 - 2008
New York University -Playwrights Horizons Studio School
Faculty of Directing & Design 
Playwrights Horizons is an undergraduate studio school of the Tisch drama program at New York University.

1998 - 2005
WRC Theatre Company
Co-Founder & Director
WRC Theatre Company (alias Witness Relocation Company) a New York based dance theatre company and performing ensemble.

1995 - present
The Real Fx Company -owner (New York)
The Real Fx Co is a New York based Film and Stage Effects company producing character designs for Disneyland, Broadway, and other commercial clientele. Established by Ruth Pongstaphone in 1995.
http://www.dhammatheatrewest.orgshapeimage_1_link_0

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