Ruth Phillips | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Ruth Phillips


2017 - 2018 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2014 - 2017 University of East Anglia, BA (Hons) in Drama


Whilst on the MA Movement


Movement Assistant with National Youth Theatre, on the final show of the Playing Up programme, Tortoise. Mentored by Kane Husbands.

Assistant Movement Director on BA Drama and Applied Theatre in Education for their Oldham Project. Mentored by Kane Husbands.

Movement class for MA Acting for Screen students. Mentored by Anna Healey

Stamina Class with first year BA Acting students. Mentored by Vanessa Ewan

Movement Directing

2018 Director/Movement Director - Love (Watching Madness) - SpeakUp Theatre - Actors Centre and Drayton Arms

2017 Director/Movement Director - Cognitions - SpeakUp Theatre - National Student Drama Festival 2017 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

2017 Co-Director (with a focus on movement) - The Play About Calais - Norwich Arts Centre (in conjunction with Temple at the Donmar Warehouse)

2016 Co-Director (with a focus on movement) - STEAM - Minotaur Theatre Company - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2016 Choreographer and Dancer - FemFest 2016 - Minotaur theatre Company - Norwich Puppet Theatre

2016 Choreographer and producer - Flashmob for Homelessness - Norwich City Centre and UEA Campus

2015 Writer and Director - Larksong (a short, physical theatre show) - Flashmob for Homelessness


2017 Dance teacher and choreographer - - Triple Threat Stage School (ages 5-17) - Norfolk

2007 - 2014 Dance Teacher - - The Lee Academy of Dance and Drama (ages 2 - 14) - Leicestershire

2015 Volunteered with Sue Moffat and the Borderlines project working with ‘looked after’ children - - Stoke New Vic Theatre


2017 Chorus - Cognitions - SpeakUp Theatre - The Garage (Norwich) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2015 Chorus - Broken (New Writing) - Minotaur Theatre Company - UEA Drama Studio


2016 - Present - Performance writer and coordinator for online arts magazine Culturised.

Movement-related articles include Movement in Translation in The Cherry Orchard and The Storm and The New Generation of Musical Superheroes: ‘Eugenius!’. All articles available online via Culturised.


Devising, choreography for theatre, chorus work, ballet, tap, modern jazz, acrobatics (basic), pointe (basic), reading music, flute (basic)


David and Jo Spinks Drama Prize for significant contribution to the department, 2017


Ruth has been training in movement for most of her life. She began training in dance aged 2 and continued until she left for university. Her current movement practice draws on this dance heritage along with devising work, expressive practices and immersive explorations, cultivated during her time completing her BA in Drama.

She has directed many shows taking the responsibility for the movement, which have varied in styles and genres including new writing, devising and physical theatre. These included two shows for the Edinburgh Fringe and one selected for the National Student Drama Festival. She movement directed the final shows of her degree, a role which including choreography for theatre (Waltz, Russian folk dance), transitions and all actor movement. Ruth’s teaching and movement direction is driven by the exploration and expression of emotions and the subconscious through movement. This may be through immersive explorations in rehearsals or blocking scene transitions; for her, all can be used to further the production or exercise through the language of movement