Ruthanne E. Ankney performs & teaches residency programing, workshops,  community celebrations and festival programs for a wide age range. Ruthanne can be found at festivals, museums, theaters, libraries, historical & seasonal events performing stories, music, folk theater & dance. Her colorful performances and teaching combines seasonal folklore & folk traditions. These enriching, vibrant & festive events are truly one of a kind. Ruthanne performs programs for a wide age range.

Musical instruments include guitar, accordion, concertina, tin whistle and limberjacks.

Ruthanne has a MA in Theater from Villanova University. She has been the recipient of many awards, scholarships & 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 and special studies with the Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble Noh Drama. Ruthanne adapted a series of Appalachian folk tales that were performed at the Walnut Street Theater. This collection of Appalachian folk plays also won her an invitation to New Orleans to perform in the DramaRama Theater Festival. After graduating from Villanova Ruthanne was selected to perform at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She was thrilled to be a guest performer along with noted Williams scholars & actors. She has spent a great deal of time in England & Wales studying folk music, folk dance & folk lore. Celtic folk lore, folk theater, music & dance are her big passions & focus. The newly formed Welsh Folk Dance group {{Tair Afon Dawnswyr Cymraeg} is a current project. The group performs at festivals, museums and special events. Ruthanne teaches English Country Dance, Morris Dance, Welsh Dance & English Garland Dance. She also teaches, directs & performs English Folk Theater & Mummering Plays.

 Past experience includes serving as dramaturg & teacher with the prestigious Philadelphia Young Playwirghts. Her passion for theater, folk arts & folk traditions has continued with special studies in pageantry puppetry & shadow puppetry at Bryn Mawr College & the Moresiono Puppet Program in Italy and physical theater with Robert Christophe.

  While in Philadelphia 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 folk tales also toured Philadelphia schools, libraries, girls clubs & museums.  She has studied folk music, folk dance & storytelling at Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage, Folk College, CDSS Camps & the John C. Campbell Folk School and Welsh Heritage Studies.




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.








ABOUT RUTHANNE