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Faculty | Clyde Ruffin

Clyde Ruffin

Clyde Ruffin
MFA, University of Iowa
Professor of Acting, Vocal Performance, African-American Theatre
Founding Director, World Theatre Workshop
phone: 573-882-0533
office: 130 Fine Arts Building
mailing address: 129 Fine Arts, Columbia MO 65211
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Clyde Ruffin joined the faculty in 1983 as Professor of Theatre and Founding Director of the World Theatre Workshop. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Theatre in 1990 and served in that capacity until 1995. He is the recipient of The Purple Chalk Award for Undergraduate Teaching, The Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, MU Faculty Alumni Award and the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creativity. He is also a Kellogg National Fellow. In 1996 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of The University of Iowa during the 75th Anniversary of the Theatre Arts Department. In 1999 he was inducted as a charter member of The National Theatre Conference; in 2004 he was awarded The Martin Luther King Community Service Award; and in 2006 he was named "Man of the Year" by the MLK Dream Foundation. In 2007, Professor Ruffin was appointed to his second term as Chair of the Department of Theatre.

His professional and community service record is exemplary. He received the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Medallion for his work as regional playwriting chair and national respondent. His service has been commissioned by several national and state organizations including The National Endowment For The Arts, Missouri Arts Council and Missouri Alliance For The Arts. From 1996-2003, he served as the Artistic Director for the City of Columbia Values Diversity Celebration and is currently serving as President of the John William Boone Heritage Foundation.

Although he has directed more than 100 productions during his career, his most memorable experiences have been the premiere production of Strands, recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Artistic Excellence, Macbeth which premiered at The Cultural Center in Castries, St. Lucia in collaboration with the acclaimed poet and playwright Derek Walcott, A Raisin In The Sun at The Karamu Performing Arts Center and a premiere production of Black No More commissioned by The Guthrie Theatre. He has worked professionally as director, designer and actor with The Metro Theatre Company, The Cincinnati Playhouse, The Lyceum Theatre, and Fort Worth Shakespeare In The Park . His most recent professional credits include directing, Levee James for the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre and costume designs for the premiere production of Earth Songs for The Missouri Historical Museum as well as Yellowman (2006) and A Number (2007) for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.