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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ruth Zamoyta of New Jersey Theatre Alliance wins Playwriting Fellowship Award

(Morristown, NJ)  New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) is proud to announce that Ruth ZamoytaDevelopment & Communications Director of the Alliance, was one of eightrecipients of a 2018 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (“NJSCA”).

The Individual Artist Fellowshipsannounced on February 13th,are competitive awards to New Jersey artists granted afterindependent peer panel assessment of anonymous work samplesfocused solely on artistic qualityNJSCA considers artists from 12 different disciplines on a rotating basis, and this year the categories were crafts, photography, and playwriting.

Zamoyta had submitted her play The Caregivers, about the daughter of a woman in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, the full-time aide from Trinidad, and their conflicting perspectives on caregiving and motherhood. 

“No form of art presents the human experience as powerfully as theatre,” said Zamoyta. “We enter a dark theatre, take a seat, and come face-to-face with ourselves and our shortcomings. We leave the theatre moved and inspired. As I have only been writing plays for a few years, the NJSCA fellowship was a validation of my work. It gives me encouragement to continue the important job of playmaking.”

Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, said, “We were so excited to hear that Ruth won this award. It's remarkable that it's for her first play, but it was obvious from the reading that we had at Dreamcatcher that the audience responded in a very personal way to the play and Ruth was very open to the input and discussion that resulted. We hope it's the first of many wonderful pieces that she creates!

Since 2014, Zamoyta has served as Development & Communications Director at the Alliance. Previously she was Communications and Projects Manager in the Office of the President at Columbia University, and worked as an independent marketing, strategy, and project consultant

For as long as she can remember, Zamoyta has been writing creatively. Her novel was published serially on in 2001, and she self-published ‘Otsu’ and Other Poems in 2006. She co-edited Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (Ragged Sky Press) in 2009, and the poetry collection Blanket Stories (Ragged Sky Press) in 2014. She has also published several poems and articles.

Zamoyta holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and New York University, and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laudefrom St. John’s University. She is a trustee of Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ, and a resident of Millburn, NJ. 

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