Rudy Ramirez

Rudy Ramirez

Rudy Ramirez is a director, writer, performer and teaching artist specializing in the creation and development of new work. He is Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX Repertory Company, where he has directed numerous world premieres and produces the FuturX Festival of new LatinX performance. He was named Best Director in Austin by the Austin Chronicle Readers' Poll in 2017.

In Austin,...
Rudy Ramirez is a director, writer, performer and teaching artist specializing in the creation and development of new work. He is Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX Repertory Company, where he has directed numerous world premieres and produces the FuturX Festival of new LatinX performance. He was named Best Director in Austin by the Austin Chronicle Readers' Poll in 2017.

In Austin, he has directed for The Austin Bike Zoo, ColorArc Productions, ScriptWorks, Shrewd Productions, Sky Candy Aerial Arts, Teatro Vivo and The University of Texas at Austin. He has also directed performance work at Dixon Place and readings for American Demigods, The Lark, The Parsnip Ship and The Playwrights’ Center.

He has won B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Direction for The Physicists, Qualities of Starlight, Sing Muse, Terminus, The Revolutionists and (Un)Documents and shared an Outstanding Original Score Award for Sing Muse (with Chelsea Manasseri et al); he also won the Austin Critics Table Award for Excellence in Direction for (Un)Documents, Heartland and Last: An Extinction Comedy . He was a finalist for the 2015 NNPN National Directors Fellowship and the 2018 TCG Alan Schneider Award and was featured as a Person to Watch by American Theatre Magazine in 2018.

He has directed and developed new plays by Heather Maria Acs, Allan Baker, Katie Bender, Matt Board, Audrey Cefaly, Pelita Dasalla, Gabriel Jason Dean, Trey Deason, Laura Freeman, Rachel Gilbert, Holli Gipson, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Isaac Gomez, Krysta Gonzales, Allison Gregory, Diana Grisanti, Reina Hardy, Christine Hoang, Abe Koogler, Damien Luxe, Tyler Mabry, Gianna Marotta, Briandaniel Oglesby, Jason Rainey, Gabrielle Reisman, Sarah Saltwick, Ariel SpeedWagon, Eva Suter, Lisa B. Thompson, Megan Thornton, Jesus I. Valles and Evie Worsham.

He has created four original devised works—Sing Muse (2013), Cosmicomics (2014), Emma When You Need Her (2015) and Last: An Extinction Comedy (2019). He is also the creator of two autobiographical performances: Footnotes for People Who Don’t Speak Spanish (with Beliza Torres Narvaez, 2011) and Promised Land: A Radical Queer Revival (2009).

He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MA in the Performance as Public Practice program at UT Austin. He is an instructor of English and Theatre at Griffin School. He is available for freelance directing and dramaturgy: notoriousrrz@gmail.com.

Recommended by Rudy Ramirez

  • Europa
    17 Aug. 2019
    EUROPA is a riveting piece: my body felt so engaged with what was happening in the reading alone that it took me doing some stretches to get it back together. Each of the characters earns the love of the audience as they struggle to connect through the aftermath of a horrific experience. You want, so badly, to take this away from them so that they can have their friendships without this burden, but the play doesn't let you forget the depth of the consequences. I have rapidly become obsessed with this piece.
  • Alabaster
    20 Dec. 2018
    At the heart of this funny, sexy, warm and poignant story is the transformation required to heal, the ways that art and love both teach us to turn our memories into something portable, so that we can survive letting go. ALABASTER lays this out with wit, style and a talking goat. I cannot wait for the chance to work on this beautiful piece.
  • AMERIKIN
    20 Dec. 2018
    I've been thinking about AMERIKIN frequently since the release of the latest report on Russian interference in the US election. Totalitarian propaganda is designed not to further a particular agenda, but to divide us, to keep us from trusting one another, to erode our faith in our nation's capacity to work together. AMERIKIN is not about Russian interference, but it is about the tremendous difficulty and danger of communicating across racial, economic and political lines with rigor and compassion. Hutchinson's story is anything but easy, equal parts welcoming and shocking, and absolutely necessary.
  • How The Colds Were Razed (As Told by Gorilla Girl)
    26 Jul. 2018
    This play is dark, delicious and a fight choreographer's dream. The conflicts have a fun, cartoonish wildness that reminds me of Tarantino, only with a far more complicated and nuanced examination of race and the long term effects of trauma across generations.
  • The Absentee
    27 Jun. 2018
    A friend recommended this play to me, and I am so glad I read it. It's a play about the monumental difficulty and importance of choosing: choosing to move on, to have a life, to participate in the world. It's funny and hopeful and deeply compelling.