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Rubess, Banuta


Ba_uta Rubess has authored over a dozen works for the stage, all of which have been produced, many published. She has written about strong and dashing women, good and bad sex, cooking and childbirth, politics, war and divine grace. Much of her work draws on real events and history. Often she is the director of her work. Several of her plays are popular with amateur and professional theatre companies, and studied in school and university drama courses.
Banuta's productions helped establish companies such as Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Direct, and Tapestry New Opera Works. Most recently, she's written a libretto based on Rebecca West's World War One novella, The Return of the Soldier.

Some of her most popular plays are:
BOOM, BABY, BOOM! a jazz play
THIS IS FOR YOU, ANNA (devised collectively by The Anna Project), a spectacle of revenge
THIN ICE, a teen drama, co-written with Beverley Cooper, Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Theatre for Young Audiences and the Chalmers Children's Play Award, 1987

She created and produced the series ADVENTURE STORIES FOR (BIG) GIRLS for CBC radio and wrote about the adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt and the journalist/terrorist Ulrike Meinhof for the series.
She has also written screenplays, opera libretti, musicals, essays, and a novel about a fourteen-year old boy and his rogue robot. Currently, she teaches and directs at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.

Professional Role(s): 
Theatre Educator