Singer, songwriter and choir leader
A Torres Strait (Mer), SouthSea (Ambrum) Islands and Aboriginal (Kabi Kabi) woman, since graduating from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in 2001, Ruth has been involved in various forms and expressions within the performing arts, music and entertainment industries. In 2005 she was involved in the creative development of AWGIE award winning ‘Kese Solwata’ Children’s Theatre Production which premiered at the Queenland Performing Arts Centre 2006 Out of the Box Festival, then toured throughout the Torres Strait Islands performing at schools. ‘Kese Solwata’ premiered at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre 2006 Out of the Box Festival .
Throughout 2007-‐2011, Ruth was involved in the creative development of ‘Dancing the Line,’ a Torres Strait Island musical theatre project that was based on documented stories from the Torres Strait Islander railway families from the 1960s to 1980s. Ruth was engaged as a songwriter, consultant and community liaison and researcher and is now the Chairperson of Ailan Traks Ltd, the company formed in 2009 to maintain cultural integrity throughout the project.
Ruth also has recognition within the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities as a cultural consultant and liaises between Indigenous and non-‐Indigenous communities and organisations to promote an awareness and maintenance of culture. Ruth has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Language and Linguistics) in 2011 and aims to revive, maintain and preserve Australian Indigenous languages, mainly her father’s (Meriam Mir) and mother’s (Kabi Kabi) languages through creative practice. Currently she is involved in directing local community choirs such ‘Voices for the Light’ and the ‘Belle Flowers’ from Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, which provides a platform from which to share and maintain these languages.