Ruby Pugh

Ruby Pugh is a Designer, Maker & Activist working across theatre, film, festivals, events, street art & protests. She is a visual dramaturg who believes in using the power of storytelling to breed empathy, amplify systematically excluded voices & engage communities. 

Since graduating with a first from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Ruby has worked on a huge variety of projects from adaptations of classic texts to site specific immersive experiences. Highlights include; Head of Design for Coventry City of Culture Opening Ceremony, Designer for the stage adaptation of bestselling book ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ & making giant puppets for the Olivier award winning global tour of ‘Dinosaur World Live’. 

As an alumni of Julie’s Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Programme she is determined to help the creative industry transition into more environmentally conscious practices. She has also completed 101 Outdoors Arts Climate Crisis Lab & UAL Design for Sustainability short course.

Ruby is Artistic Director of Twisted Theatre, a diverse collective of artists, who create immersive political experiences for unsuspecting audiences at some of the UK’s biggest festivals. 

Social justice deeply informs Ruby’s work and she has grown a practice inseparable from her community campaign & facilitation work. This includes: mass mobilisation of communities for environmental campaigns, & delivering anti-racism public art campaigns. 

Ruby started her theatre training in Bristol Old Vic Young Company at the age of 6. She went on to perform in the Bristol Old Vic main house Christmas Show 'Babes in the Wood' aged 8. After many years in the Young Company Ruby went on to assist in the teaching of sessions and working backstage, designing her first show in the BOV studio at 19. It is through the Young Company that she met Director Miranda Cromwell and they have worked together ever since.