Ruth is Director and Founder of Carney Academy
“I started Carney Academy in order to ensure that people get the best possible training and understanding about theatre in today’s modern world. My experience in in television with the BBC and ITV and on the West End and on Broadway, regionally and at drama schools throughout the country has enlightened me to the needs of the profession. Through Carney Academy this knowledge and experience will be fed to ensure that students get the best possible training. I am also aware of the importance of drama as a tool to develop personal attributes that feed into every aspect of a person’s life – all of which is at the heart of Carney Academy’s ethos.”
Ruth Carney is a professional freelance director. Ruth has most recently finished directing Emmerdale for ITV and Holby City for the BBC. She is about to start rehearsals in Belfast on the World Premiere of The Miami Showband Story at The Opera House. In 2016 Ruth was accepted onto the BBC Directors Room Scheme this led to her directing 16 episodes of the BBC daytime drama Doctors. She has just shot her first short film Funtimes by Samantha Robinson.
She recently completed a one to one course in Television Directing with renowned TV Director Laurence Moody. This led to her shadowing Director David Kester on Coronation Street. She has most recently spent time at Lime Pictures where she shadowed Adrian Bean, Paul Riordan, Karl Neilsen and Damien Goodwin on Hollyoaks.
Most recently Ruth directed The House Behind The Lines for Buglight and States of Verbal Undress and If Only Shahrukh Khan by Rani Moorthy for Rasa Productions and Each Madman on his High Horse by Martin Derbyshire at The Chelsea Theatre London. Prior to this she was Associate Director to Olivier and Tony Award winning Director Matthew Warchus on Ghost the Musical. While Associate Director for this production Ruth auditioned over 3000 people for the London, New York and Holland productions of the show.
For Sheffield Theatres Ruth was Associate Director and in the inaugural season after reopening, Ruth directed the highly acclaimed verbatim play Sisters. Prior to this she directed Confessions of a City a promenade piece using the entire Crucible Theatre building and this was billed as Sheffield Telegraphs “Cultural event of the decade”
Ruth was Associate Director to Matthew Warchus on Lord of the Rings at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the national Tour of Our House which visited the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield.
Ruths’ directing credits include Order and Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield; Touched at Latitude and Oxford Playhouse; A Model Girl, Greenwich Theatre; the UK Professional Premiere of The Laramie Project at Sound Theatre, London and the World Premiere of The Lemon Princess by Rachael McGill from an original idea by Ruth Carney-Nash at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.
Other directing credits include: Les Liaisons Dangerous; My Matisse; Blue Remembered Hills; Measure for Measure; The Sea; Music Lessons; Family; Company; Mina Laury; Emma and Oleanna
Ruth has an MA in Theatre Directing from The Russian Theatre Academy Moscow, and Middlesex University. Ruth has extensive experience teaching, training and directing actors at schools such as RADA, LAMDA, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting and Rose Bruford.
You can find out all about Ruth at www.ruthcarney.co.uk