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Rob Ruggiero

Hartford, CT
Agent: Penny Luedtke
The Luedtke Agency
1674 Broadway, Suite 7A
New York, NY 10019
Rob Ruggiero
  Rob Ruggiero is a freelance professional director whose work has earned him national recognition on both plays and musicals. Mr. Ruggiero’s Broadway credits include HIGH (starring Kathleen Turner) and LOOPED (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony nominated performance) which is about to begin a national tour in 2013.  Off-Broadway, he conceived and directed the original musical revue entitled MAKE ME A SONG: THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM FINN. The production received nominations for both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2008 an original cast recording was released and the London premiere was also produced at the New Players Theater.  Mr. Ruggiero made his Off-Broadway debut with ALL UNDER HEAVEN (which also stared Valerie Harper). This production toured regionally and had a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles. In 2005, Mr. Ruggiero conceived and directed the world premiere musical portrait of Ella Fitzgerald entitled ELLA (starring Tina Fabrique). A popular and critical success, ELLA has been seen on over 24 regional theater stages from 2005-2010 before beginning a National Tour in the fall of 2010 at Long Wharf Theatre which continues today. ELLA has won three Kevin Kline Awards, including “Outstanding Director of a Musical” for the St. Louis Production and the Chicago production won three 2008 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Mr. Ruggiero recently returned to Goodspeed Musicals to direct the critically acclaimed, revival of CAROUSEL (Broadway World Award). This was his sixth collaboration with Goodspeed, where he also directed highly successful productions of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, CAMELOT, BIG RIVER, 1776 and new revival of SHOW BOAT (which garnered him his fifth Connecticut Critic’s Circle Awards for best direction). This “new” version is now being licensed by the R&H Organization to other theaters.  He will be returning to Goodspeed next fall to direct a revival of THE MOST HAPPY FELLA.  Mr. Ruggiero is the only director to have received four Kevin Kline Awards, two for Best Direction of a Musical (URINETOWN and ELLA) and two for Best Direction of a Play (TAKE ME OUT and THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED). His work has been seen at major regional theaters around the country, including: Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Northlight Theater, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and San Jose Repertory Theatre among others. He has been affiliated with TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT since 1993, where he was recently appointed the Producing Aristic Director.   

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