Ruby Vadiveloo / by Declan Maloney Drummond

How did you get your start in theatre and what brought you to the US?

My love of theatre began when I joined St Martins Youth Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first time I decided I wanted to make theatre a career, rather than something I did on the weekends. I was always fascinated with the work coming out of both the US and the UK. There just seemed to be such an abundance of high quality work. The sort of work I dreamed of being involved with. I knew I wanted to train in theatre, so while I was playing in Melbourne’s open-mic circuit, along with teaching and performing around Australia’s music festival scene, I decided to audition for not only the Australian drama schools, but also over-seas. To my surprise, I was accepted into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts less than a month later, and left for the U.S!

What have you been up to since graduating?

Since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to have co-founded a theatre company, whose aim is to create diverse, inclusive and relevant work, all at an accessible price. Our debut production, Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information, opened in March this year at St Paul’s upstairs theatre in Brooklyn. Previous to this, I was involved in two immersive productions. First was the Polar Express, set on a moving train travelling to the ‘North Pole’. The journey was filled with the book’s most loved characters, bringing the story to life. The second production was the Hall of Magic, which was a multi-room experience filled with interactive instillations and illusions, all in collaboration with NBC Syfy’s TV show, The Magicians.

What are your plans now?

At the moment, I’m focusing on a play I’m currently writing with a fellow actor. We’re eager to create work that, along with being pertinent, showcases characters that we don’t see often enough in main-stream entertainment. We’re beginning with what we know, two women who are sick of playing ‘the girlfriend’ or ‘the love interest’, and branching out from there. We’re planning to have the production underway toward the end of this year.\