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Ruis Woertendyke

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Performing Arts

  • @New York City


Ruis Woertendyke (Associate Chair and Associate Professor) has been involved in the theater for nearly 50 years as a director, playwright, and actor. He has directed more than 100 shows including an early production in New York of Peter Handke's Offending The Audience, the premier of Gunter Grass's The Plebians Rehearse The Uprising, and Mister, Mister also by Gunter Grass. He has directed Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Euripides, as well as many original plays. As an actor he played Arturo Ui in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui at the Hartman Theatre, Aaron Burr in Alma, the Ghost of Spring Street at LaMama, and Chekhov's On The Harmfulness of Tobacco in various venues throughout the tri-state area. Several of his children's voiceovers were just re-released by Scholastic Audio and his one-act plays have been seen in festivals throughout the country. He has also served as a Theatre Critic for The Villager and The Phoenix in New York City, served on various Arts Councils and been honored for his contributions to the arts by Westchester County, the city of Baltimore and Colorado State University. He authored the highly successful acting program at Pace University.


BA , Colorado State College
Technical Theatre Focus

MA , Colorado State University
Playwriting Thesis

MA , University of Nothern Colorado
Directing Thesis

PhD , New York University
Theatre Education


Reviews Articles Historical Studies Plays Production and Acting.

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