4525-47a Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6
Born in 1956, playwright Ruth Bieber, second daughter of post World War II immigrant parents, begins life in rural Alberta. The farm life, her Father’s dream, holds devastating consequences for the six-week old infant, her Mother, and ultimately the family as a whole. Bieber’s multimedia, solo house-show takes us into the story of one woman’s courageous and soul-searching journey of adventure, discovery, and ultimate forgiveness. The memoir, although intensely personal, is universal in its dramatic and historic appeal.
DATE: Thursday, February 8, 2018
SHOW-TIME: 2:00 P.M.
(Show is 45 minutes duration, followed by post-show discussion)
Please arrive promptly!
LOCATION: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery Stewart Discovery Studio
Tickets are available at the door, or in advance (starting January 8, 2018) at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) 4525 47A Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6.
Cash or Cheque only. Please make cheques out to Ruth Bieber.
MS Bieber holds a Master’s degree in Education, from the University of Calgary, with a specialization in Rehabilitation and Theatre. Prior to obtaining this degree, her professional focus was as a Counselling Therapist, working with clients with disabilities; often more than a single disability. This work challenged Ruth to ever discover more effective therapeutic modalities. To this end, she shifted from traditional, verbal approaches, to the power offered by the arts. In the early 1990s, she founded InsideOut Theatre, which was a reflection of her own evolution from therapy to theatre; from the therapeutic arts, to the power of performance for people with a wide range of mixed abilities. Ms Bieber was the Artistic Director of a ground breaking, integrated theatre company for seventeen years. During this time, she spoke and performed at conferences and festivals, both nationally and internationally, including the High Beam Festival in Adelaide, Australia (2000) and the Learned Conference in Newfoundland (1998). Her publications also reflect the evolutionary nature of this process. Her most recent publication, ‘Disability Theatre from the InsideOut’ is available as an E-book, or in paperback.
Ms Bieber has begun exploration in her new passion of the visual arts. While she continues her various artistic endeavours as a freelance writer and theatre artist, she is now developing gallery appreciation programs for people who are vision impaired in the Okanagan Valley. The tours are modeled after the “Art Beyond Sight” program in New York City. She has also begun painting, and has recently curated the ‘Just Imagine’ exhibit of works by blind artists (Kelowna Art Gallery, January 2013).
Ruth has received numerous awards for her specialized work including YWCA/Global T.V. Woman of Vision (2004) The Euclid Harry award for Leadership (2006) and The Spirit of Kelowna (contribution to the arts, 2011). She is the proud mother of two adult sons; Erik and Martin. MS Bieber recently produced her play To See Or Not To See as a 14-actor ensemble performance (Kelowna 2016). Ruth’s current creative project is a solo, multimedia house performance adaptation of the original ensemble production, which she will be touring in Alberta during winter of 2018.