ABOUT THE RUTHIE
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.
Special Thanks to the W Trust with the New Horizons Foundation and many generous individuals for making this award possible.
2021 Ching Valdés-Aran & Lola Pashalinski
2020 Sheila Tousey, John Kelly & Jennifer Kidwell
Photo credits: Mary Shultz by Phillip Hopper; David Greenspan by Lauren Gillette; Jennifer Kidwell by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; John Kelly by Steven Menendez; Sheila Tousey by Rachel Crowl.