As a founding Member of the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Ruth Charnay is happy to look back at all the great memories she shares with Don Jordan and her fellow OCU theatre friends and looks forward to the years of great theatre coming thanks to OKC Rep. Ruth has been seen at OKC Rep in August, Osage County as Ivy Weston, Mrs. Wainwright in The Grapes of Wrath, Brighton Beach Memoirs as Blanche, and on other local stages including roles in Macbeth and Merchant of Venice for OK Shakespeare in the Park; Love Letters, Hot l Baltimore, The Real Thing and The Runner Stumbles (directed by Milan Stitt) at Carpenter Square Theatre; Emily in Our Town, Look Homeward Angel, and Annie for ECT; and Othello, Shadow Box, The Bald Soprano, Home Front, and Graceland (w/Kristen Chenowith) at OCU. And who can forget those glorious years as a Let’s Pretend Player traveling the state to do interactive Children’s Theatre!
As a director, Ruth has worked with hundreds of talented actors to create a wide variety of theatrical works. She easily transitions from working professionally with OKCRep on plays like A Doll’s House Part 2, Heisenberg, ‘Night Mother, Fully Committed or the Original work Oklahoma City Project (which she also wrote/assembled/created) to working with college students, community professionals and amateurs. Her directing credits include ‘ART’, Oleanna, Sylvia, Fifth of July, Everyman, Twilight of the Golds, Beau Jest, The Illusion, Our Town, Crimes of the Heart, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Woman in Mind, The Country Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cemetery Club, Two By Two, After Crystal Night, Birds of Paradise, Dear Me, The Sky is Falling, The Women, Reicht, Le Corbeau, and Rumors.
Ruth received her BA and MPA from the OCU Theatre Program and did graduate work at TTU in Acting/Directing and Theatre Administration. Ruth has served as the Executive Director of Carpenter Square, as Producer and Manager of the Jewish Federation Theatre and even worked as a DJ for many years. She taught theatre at OCU for 10 years before becoming Professor of Theatre at OCCC and then became Dean of Arts for seven years. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Hillel at OU and served as the Artistic Director (along with her husband, Richard) for the Jewish Federation’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program for 25 years. She also proudly holds the title of Board Member for OKCREP Theatre and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.