About Ruthanne​

Ruthanne E. Ankney performs & teaches residency programing, workshops,  community celebrations and festival programs for a wide age range. Her colorful performances and teaching combines seasonal folklore & traditions. These enriching, vibrant & festive one of a kind events have included storytelling, folk theater, music and dance. 

Ruthanne has a MA in Theater from Villanova University. She has been the 
recipient of many awards, scholarships and residency programs. While attending Villanova University she was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting award. She was granted a New Edge Residency Grant, PATR grant, residency at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference, special studies with the Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble Noh Drama program and shadow puppetry studies with Blair Thomas. 

 Ruthanne has also served as dramaturg and teacher with the prestigious Philadelphia Young Playwirghts. Ruthanne's passion for theater, folk arts & folk traditions has continued with special studies in pageantry puppetry at Bryn Mawr College & the Moresiono Solstice pageantry program in Italy and physical theater with Robert Christophe.

  Ruthanne designed whimsical giant puppets, props, costumes & adapted a collection of engaging Native Folk Tales & Songs for the Philadelphia Zoo's Summer Educational series. Her delightful collection of feisty female heroines from folk tales around the world have toured to schools, libraries, girls clubs & museums.  She has continued with additional special studies in folk dance, Morris Dance, English Country Dance, English Mumming plays, traditional music, storytelling and folk lore at The Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage, Folk College, CDSS Camps & the John C. Campbell Folk School.

  She also performs music for contra, community & family dance & international dance. She is also the leader of the Germantown English Country Garland Dance team & heads the Arden family dance program.

Past Performances, Residencies, Classes & Workshops & one of  a kind  hands on learning experiences.

Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Adrienne Theater, The Walnut Street Theater, Walnut Studio, Villanova Theater, NOMAD, Heritage Fest, Dance Flurry Festival, Appalachian String Band Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art,  Musikfest,  Spoutwood Farms May Day Faerie Festival, PA Council of the Arts, The Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, West Chester May Arts Festival, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, University of Pennsylvania CAP ARTS Program, Perry County Arts Festival, Lawrence Arts Festival, Malvern Christmas,  Riverside Theater, Bucks County Playhouse, Philip's Mill, Bethlehem First Night, Firebird Winter Solstice Festival, North East Puppetry Festival, Black Sheep Festival, Kraine Theater, Please Touch Museum, Delaware Contemporary Arts Center, Clark Park Festival, The Tennessee Williams Festival, DramaRama Festival, Doylestown Heritage Days, Mercer Museum, Longwood Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, University City Arts League, Manayaunk Arts Center, Millbrook Living History, Arts Collaborative, Theater Cooperative, Eugene O'Neil Puppetry Festival, Here Arts Center,Folk Fest, Child Drama Workshops, The Philadelphia Zoo, PAC Theater, Skippack Days, Community Arts Center of West Philadelphia, Coal and Coke Music Heritage Festival, RIC Family Series, Bala Arts Family Theater Series,  Stockton Arts Center,  Three River Arts Festival, PA Ballet, St. Edmond's Academy, Wilmington Friends, Mount Carmel, Germantown Friends School, St. Charles Academy, Edgemore School, Cheltenham Arts Center, West Chester Parks & Recreation, Radnor Parks & Recreation, Spruce Hill,  Blue Studio, Philly's Best Theater Fest, Night of a Thousand Plays Fest,  CAC Family Series & more.w Orleans Children's Museum, Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Swedish Log Cabin, Historic West Chester Railroad, Historic Londontown & Gardens, Philadelphia Flower Show, Fairmount Park Bastille Day, Historic Kennett Square, St. Helen's Garden Party, Mt. Carmel Octoberfest & more.