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Jojo Ruf

Jojo Ruf is the Managing Director of The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. Prior to that, she worked for the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit theaters across the US that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays, for five years, and served as the Associate Executive Director for two years. She was the founding Executive and Creative Director of The Welders, a DC-based Playwrights’ Collective, and a Coordinating Producer for the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC. She has worked with Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Theater J, and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Most recently, her work has taken her to Cuba, China, Chile, Israel, Poland, Peru, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and throughout the UK, among other places. She is pursuing her MBA at Georgetown University.

Towards a New Collective in American Theater, Part Two
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Towards a New Collective in American Theater, Part Two

7 July 2014

The Welders is a new DC-based playwrights’ collective whose mission is to establish an evolving, alternative platform for play development and production. Over the course of three years, the collective will produce one play by each of the group’s five member playwrights and then give the entire organization—website, checkbook, and audience—to a new generation of artists. In a periodic series of articles, members of The Welders are going to be reporting on the collective’s experience in an attempt to share knowledge with (and learn from) the broader theatrical community.

Welders logo.
Towards a New Collective in American Theater, Part One
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Towards a New Collective in American Theater, Part One

3 January 2014

Tired of waiting for a production and the loneliness writing entails, The Welders formed to take action. The warm reception made them realize how much can be done when having a community.

Georgetown School of Foreign Service.
Interview with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider by Jojo Ruf
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Interview with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider by Jojo Ruf

18 March 2013

Jojo Ruf  chats with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider about founding the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.