Ruth Margraff is an award-winning playwright/librettist and performer, whose writings have been presented throughout the USA, UK, Canada, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Sweden, Japan, Egypt and India. Ruth was delegated to represent the U.S. State Department with the Seagull Foundation in Calcutta, India as a cultural envoy, offering playwriting training and reflective interviews with members of Peaceworks and Swayam, a street theatre addressing issues of domestic violence, and with Kalam: Margin Write teenagers formerly victims of trafficking and red light districts. Ruth has been awarded four Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts commissions, a McKnight National Commission/Residency, a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship with the Playwrights' Center, an NEA/TCG national playwriting residency, a Fulbright new opera award to Greece, several awards from TCG/ITI, Arts International, Trust for Mutual Understanding of New York and two NYSCA awards. She is a new member of Chicago Dramatists, an alumna of New Dramatists and an active member of LPTW and Theater Without Borders. Ruth's work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Kendall/Hunt, Watson Guptill/Backstage Books, The Drama Review, Performing Arts Journal, American Theatre, Theater Forum, Playscripts, Inc., Applause Books, Stockyard Magazine, CUNY/Martin Segal Press, Dramatist, Johns Hopkins, Manchester, NuMuse Anthology/Brown, Chain/Temple, Epoch/Cornell, Conjunctions/Bard, Autonomedia, etc. She is Associate Professor at the School of Art Institute in Chicago represented by Innova Records and Susan Schulman.