Ruth Maleczech
(c) Sylvia Plathy

The Ruth Maleczech Award is a no-strings-attached cash award granted by Mabou Mines together with Ruth’s family, Clove Galilee and Lute Breuer. The awardee is selected through a nomination process and is given to a performer who embodies Ruth’s daring and raw, naked, fearlessness in every performance. The “Ruthie” was created to honor Ruth Maleczech, the beloved artist/performer/director and co-founder of Mabou Mines. She was an inspiration, a mentor and a role model for countless artists.

Past recipients include April Matthis (2016) and Mary Shultz (2015).

Black-Eyed Susan
(c) Yasmeen Jawhar

This year’s RUTHIE will be awarded to Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan is an actress in the downtown New York City theater scene. She has worked with the likes of Charles Ludlam, Ethyl Eichelberger, Mabou Mines, John Jesurun, Jim Neu, and Mallory Catlett. Susan is also a recipient of a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

“I’ve always admired Mabou Mines’ work since the first time I saw them many years ago. The company was trying to do things from a different point of view and Ruth was always at the forefront of it all, pushing forward. It’s an honor to be receiving this award.” – Black-Eyed Susan

Reception to be held Sunday, October 15th at 5pm at Phebes Tavern (359 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10003). Please, RSVP as space is extremely limited.

Special Thanks To:

This program is supported by the W Trust with additional funding from the New Horizons Foundation and many generous individuals.
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