Amy K. Ruggaber
Amy King Ruggaber is an arts programming specialist, theatre teaching artist, actress, singer, writer, and advocate. She is currently the Manager of the award-winning Fellows Program for ArtUp in Memphis, TN. Previously, she served as the Associate Executive Director of the innovative theatre company, Playback Memphis. Deeply committed to shining a light on the vital role of the arts in communities, Amy participates in arts advocacy efforts through her involvement with the Americans for the Arts and the Tennesseans for the Arts. As an educator specializing in arts integration, Amy has taught and directed programs for Madonna Learning Center, Playhouse on the Square, and DeltaArts since her family’s move to Memphis in 2013. From 2007-2013 she served as the Director of Education Outreach at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC). There, she represented ETC in the original STRIVE Initiative’s Arts Education Student Success Network and worked to develop educational collaborations between arts organizations from all disciplines through the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE). She served as the 2012-2013 Co-Chair of GCAAE and as a representative to the State Board of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Amy specializes in creating programs that amplify the unique voice of participants within the community and she has written fifty-six short plays with creative input from the students for whom they were created. Her work has been profiled nationally for its effectiveness and unique contribution to education in the Greater Cincinnati Area. She has blogged for The Americans for the Arts, ETC, The Write Teacher(s), and ArtsMemphis. Amy’s husband Brian, a Designer for the Entertainment industry and University of Memphis faculty member, live in Memphis with their son, Nate, and their rescue dog, Jessie.