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Stella Ruiz has a reputation for playing smart, surly and somewhat mercurial female characters. One of her most memorable was that of the acerbic Daphna in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (for Lab Theater). Another was the brutally judgmental Eva in Robert Caisley’s Happy (also for Lab). Ruiz’s other acting credits include Lucy in Mr. Marmalade, Amelia, Helen, Waitress 3 and Kim in Bob: A Life in Five Acts, Patsy in The Rimers of Eldrich, Desdemona in Othello, Candy Starr in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ophelia in Hamlet, Belinda Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, Nina and Hildy in Relatively Speaking, Katherine in Taming of the Shrew and Hecate in Macbeth. Stella also portrayed serial killer Monique Avril in the 2012 indie film Redemption.

Ruiz is also known for dramatic appearances in the site-specific, experimental and sometimes guerrilla theater productions of Ghostbird Theatre Company. Her latest role was in Ghostbird’s 2018-2019 season opener, Windowstories, performed in the storefront window of The Franklin Shops on First to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fort Myers Art Walk. Other stand-out roles include Mo’a in ORBS!, medium Pearl Curran in Writing Shadows and Antigone in Antigonick.

Stella has also distinguished herself as a director. She directed a limited engagement of Zalman Velvel’s 55 and Over, and people familiar with Lab Theater recognize her as the organizer extraordinaire of The Lab’s annual 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge. Stella also knows the boards as a stage manager, having functioned in that capacity in Amadeus, Five Kinds of Silence, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Extremities and Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily.

A playwright, Ruiz has written four full-length and several one-act plays. She was also a co-author of Lab Theater’s groundbreaking Rauschenberg Project Play, which gave Southwest Florida audiences a glimpse into the challenges faced on a daily basis by teenaged and young adult members of our local LGBTQ community.

Because of her keen mind and analytic abilities, she is often invited by Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven to serve as a guest celebrity at T.G.I.M. screenings, where she invariably offers insightful observations that draw upon her extensive film and theatrical experiences.

October 6, 2018.

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