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Roslyn Ruff BIO

The Acting Company: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Pudd'nhead Wilson, The Taming Of The Shrew. Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth, All the Way, Romeo and Juliet, Fences. Off-Broadway: select credits include The Death of the Last Black Man... (Signature); Macbeth (CTH), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons); Scenes from a Marriage, Things of Dry Hours (NYTW); The Piano Lesson (Signature; 2013 Lortel Award, Drama League nomination); Macbeth (TFANA); Seven Guitars (Signature, 2007 Obie Award); The Cherry Orchard (CTH). Regional credits includes work at Two River Theater, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, Indiana Rep, Old Globe, Alliance, McCarter, A.R.T., Yale Rep. Film: The Help, Salt, Life During Wartime, Rachel Getting Married. TV: "Divorce," "Red Blooded" (ABC pilot), "Madame Secretary," "Doubt," "Elementary," "Masters of Sex," "The Big C." Training: IATT at Harvard University (MFA).

Roslyn Ruff Photos


Lincoln Center Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Mrs. Antrobus

World Premiere, 2018

The Acting Company Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Betty Shabazz

Signature Theatre Off-Broadway Production, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2014
Coretta Scott King

Broadway Revival, 2013
Lady Capulet

Signature Theatre Company, 2012

Theatre For A New Audience Production, 2011
Lady Macduff/Gentlewoman

Broadway Revival, 2010
Rose (Standby)

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009

Cali Hogan





Roslyn Ruff Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2018 - Distinguished Performance Award

Roslyn Ruff, X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

The Lortels - 2013 - Outstanding Lead Actress

Roslyn Ruff, The Piano Lesson

Obie Awards - 2007 - Performance

Roslyn Ruff, Seven Guitars

Obie Awards - 2007 - Performance

Roslyn Ruff, Seven Guitars

Roslyn Ruff Videos

Roslyn Ruff News

The Acting Company to Present Annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series

The Acting Company will present their annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series, featuring a trio of unique Shakespeare interpretations. Get all the details about this exciting event in New York City.

Review: STEW at Pasadena Playhouse

STEW – a Pulitzer Prize finalist - is a lot more complicated than it presents. You might have questions about what has transpired. But a bit of ambiguity is a good thing especially when you have actors like Roslyn Ruff, Samantha Miller, Jasmine Ashanti and especially LisaGay Hamilton to muddy the creative waters.

Full Cast & Creative Team Unveiled for The Acting Company's World Premiere of Lisa Peterson's ODYSSEY 

The Acting Company has revealed the full cast and creative team for Lisa Peterson's world premiere of ODYSSEY. Get all the details and book your tickets now.

Interview: LisaGay Hamilton Cooks Up a Tasty STEW at the Pasadena Playhouse

Just opened at the Pasadena Playhouse, recently crowned recipient of the 2023 Regional Tony Award, the Los Angeles premiere of Pulitzer Prize-finalist Zora Howard’s Stew. Tyler Thomas directs the cast of LisaGay Hamilton, Roslyn Ruff, Jasmine Ashanti and Samantha Miller. LisaGay graciously found some time after the opening to answer a few of my queries.

Introducing the Cast and Creative Team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company

Get an exclusive look at the star-studded cast and talented creative team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company. Meet the actors and creatives bringing this epic story to life in a captivating stage adaptation. Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness their incredible talents in action.

LisaGay Hamilton, Roslyn Ruff & More to Star in STEW at Pasadena Playhouse

The Los Angeles premiere of Stew by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Zora Howard will be presented at Pasadena Playhouse, the recipient of the 2023 Regional Tony Award.

Billy Crystal in Conversation with Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth and More Upcoming at 92NY

May/June Theater Talks at 92NY will feature Billy Crystal With Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth in a Celebration of Peggy Lee and more. 

Tatiana Wechsler, Kaliswa Brewster & More to Star in THREE SISTERS AFTER CHEKHOV Reading at The Acting Company

The Acting Company has announced the complete cast for the reading of Mustapha Matura's new play Three Sisters After Chekhov. This is a part of the Reading Series in honor of The Acting Company's 50th anniversary. 

Isabel Allende, Lorrie Moore, Ben Whishaw And More Come To 92NY In May And June

The 92NY Unterberg Poetry Center's Spring literary season continues in May and June with readings by acclaimed authors Isabel Allende, Lorrie Moore and Miriam Toews, poet Willie Perdomo – and a dramatic reading of Seamus Heaney's work by actor Ben Whishaw, among other events.

Ezra Knight & Sara Bareilles Join The Acting Company's Annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala

Ezra Knight will host The Acting Company’s annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala, featuring a performance by Sara Bareilles. See how to purchase tickets!

Rainn Wilson And Dakin Matthews to be Honored at The Acting Company's Annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala

Rainn Wilson will receive the Joan M. Warburg Award Honor and that Dakin Matthews will receive the John Houseman Award Honor, as part of The Acting Company’s annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala on April 24, 2023 at Capitale.

92NY to Present Reading of Gwendolyn Brooks's Novel MAUD MARTHA With Roslyn Ruff

92NY's Unterberg Poetry Center will present a Feb. 23, 7:30 pm reading of  Gwendolyn Brooks’s first and only novel, Maud Martha.

Kelley Curran, Ben Horner, Elizabeth Stahlmann & More to Star in THE MISANTHROPE Reading at The Acting Company

The Acting Company has announced the cast for their reading of The Misanthrope. Molière's classic play is translated by Neil Bartlett and directed by The Acting Company's Producing Director Devin Brain.

Meryl Streep, Ariana DeBose, Tony Kushner & More to Take Part in 92NY Unterberg Poetry Center's 84th Season

The 92NY Unterberg Poetry Center’s 84th season will continue with a Winter/Spring lineup featuring beloved playwrights and actors, critically-acclaimed novelists and poets. See details about the lineup and more.

The Acting Company to Present New York Performances of Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series

The Acting Company has announced the New York performances for their annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series.

Photos: Go Inside BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Opening Night

See photos of the stars arriving at opening night of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy, and get a look inside the party! 

VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET in Repertory

Watch footage of @TheActingCo's The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet playing in repertory at theatres across the country.

The Acting Company Announces Casting For its 2022-23 Season

The Acting Company's Artistic Director Kent Gash and Managing Director Erik Schroeder have announced casting for the national tours of The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet launching in New York City and playing over 27 engagements in 16 states.

Photos: Clive Davis and More Turn Out for The Acting Company's 50th Anniversary Gala

The Acting Company’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated the company’s impact across America and new artistic vision for the future on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Capitale in New York City.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Mask Mandate Extensions, Are Tourist's Returning?

As awards season continues forward, there is a strong sense of normalcy within the industry - however, the announcement last week from both the Broadway League and at least one regional arts organization that mask mandates will continue into the summer is a strong reminder that we aren’t yet back to normal.


Roslyn Ruff's next show will be The Skin of Our Teeth which opens on 4/25/2022 on Broadway.

Roslyn Ruff has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

Roslyn Ruff has not appeared in the West End

Roslyn Ruff has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for her roles in "X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation" and "The Piano Lesson." Additionally, she received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress at The Lortels for her performance in "The Piano Lesson." Ruff has also been recognized by the Obie Awards, receiving nominations for her performances in "Seven Guitars."

Roslyn Ruff has won several awards for her performances. She received the Outstanding Lead Actress award at The Lortels for her role in "The Piano Lesson." She also won the Performance award at the Obie Awards for her role in "Seven Guitars." Additionally, she received another Performance award at the Obie Awards for the same production of "Seven Guitars."

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