Born in Ottawa Canada in 1977, Ruth became a writer at the age of 13 when her father got a job with Unicef and moved her family to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ruth survived her years in Dhaka by writing letters, short stories, and eventually found her way to writing plays.
From Bangladesh, Ruth moved with her parents to Kenya, where she wrote a few more plays before graduating from the International School of Kenya and moving to New York to study Dramatic Writing at NYU.
After college Ruth stayed in New York, writing plays and fiction and working all kinds of odd jobs in the theatre. This eventually led her to a position as Literary Manager and Education Coordinator for Young Playwrights Inc., where she had no option but to figure out how to teach writing – and fast.
Exhausted from eight long years in New York, in 2003 Ruth moved to California to get her MFA in Playwriting at UC San Diego – dragging her boyfriend Brian K. Vaughan along with her. A year later they were married, and from San Diego Ruth followed Brian to Los Angeles, where they collected two children and a wiener dog named Hamburger.
In Los Angeles Ruth helped to found the Ovation-Award winning company Chalk Repertory Theatre. She was a founding member of the Los Angeles Playwrights Union, and taught playwriting and screenwriting at Cypress College, UC San Diego and the California Summer School of the Arts. She also continued to write plays for Chalk and other companies around the country.
In 2014, she accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Playwriting at Indiana University, and made her whole crew drive cross country for a year-long Midwestern adventure. It was an invigorating year, but not a permanent spot for the family, so in 2015 they returned to Los Angeles where she has taken over a co-Artistic Producing Director position with Chalk.