Guest Costume Designer Clyde Ruffin Presents
Join us Wednesday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m. in NC 109 for a career talk led by Prof. Clyde Ruffin. Prof Ruffin is the guest costume designer for PCA's fall production of Iphigenia and Other Daughters, and will be in residence September 17-21 to work with PCA faculty, staff, and students. Prof. Ruffin is a Full Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia and maintains a parallel career as a professional actor, director, and designer; see below for his full bio. Refreshments will be served in the Ireland Green Room following the presentation.
Clyde Ruffin joined the University of Missouri faculty in 1983 as Professor of Theatre and Founding Director of the MU World Theatre Workshop. He served as Chair of the MU Department of Theatre from 1990--1995 and was appointed for a second term from 2007-- 2013. He is the recipient of The President’s Award for Community Engagement, The Purple Chalk Award for Undergraduate Teaching, The Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, MU Faculty Alumni Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creativity. He is also a Kellogg National Fellow. In 1996 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of The University of Iowa during the 75th Anniversary of the Theatre Arts Department. In 1999 he was inducted as a charter member of The National Theatre Conference and also selected to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Medallion for his work as work as regional playwriting chair and national respondent. He received the 2004 Martin Luther King Community Service Award as well as the 2012 Presidential Award for Community Service. In 2013 the University of Missouri, recognized Professor Ruffin’s artistic focus and community service with a special award for Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Achievement in Diversity
Although he has directed more than 100 productions during his career, his most memorable experiences have been the premiere production of Strands, recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Artistic Excellence, Macbeth which premiered at The Cultural Center in Castries, St. Lucia in collaboration with the acclaimed poet and playwright Derek Walcott, A Raisin In The Sun at The Karamu Performing Arts Center and a premiere production of Black No More commissioned by The Guthrie Theatre, He has also worked professionally as director, designer and actor with The Metro Theatre Company, The Cincinnati Playhouse, The Lyceum Theatre, and Fort Worth Shakespeare In The Park . His most recent professional credits include directing, Levee James for the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre and costume designs for the premiere production of Earth Songs for The Missouri Historical Museum as well as Once on This Island (1993), Mississippi Sugar (1995) Having Our Say (1996 ) Yellowman (2006) and A Number (2007) for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In 2010, his production of Holding Up The Sky was selected as a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.