BA (McGill), MA (Alberta), PhD (Toronto)

Judith Rudakoff

Theatre Studies

Developmental dramaturg Judith Rudakoff has worked with emerging and established playwrights and artists throughout Canada (including Yukon Territory, Nunavut and every province except Newfoundland…yet) and in Cuba, Denmark, South Africa, England and USA.  Books include  TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault (Bristol, Intellect Press 2012), Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy (Playwrights Canada Press, 2002, co-editor Lynn M. Thomson), Fair Play: Conversations with Canadian Women Playwrights (Simon & Pierre, 1989, co-editor Rita Much) and Questionable Activities: Canadian Theatre Artists in Conversation with Canadian Theatre Students (Playwrights Canada Press, 2000). Her next book is Dramaturging Personal Narratives: Who am I and Where is Here? (Bristol, Intellect Press 2014). Her articles have appeared in The Drama Review, TheatreForum, Canadian Theatre Review. She is the creator of The Four Elements and Elemental Lomograms, transcultural methodologies for initiating live performance and visual art. Teaching awards include the inaugural Dean’s Prize for Teaching Excellence (Faculty of Fine Arts) and the University Wide Teaching Prize at York University where she is a Full Professor, and three consecutive NOW Magazine “Best of Toronto” awards. She was the first Canadian honoured with the Elliott Hayes Prize in Dramaturgy for her work on South Asian choreographer Lata Pada’s multidisciplinary work, Revealed by Fire. Rudakoff is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.  A recent project is Common Plants:  Cross Pollinations in Hybrid Reality (, a multidisciplinary cross cultural project funded by SSHRC involving artists and students from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds including Iqaluit, Nunavut and Cape Town, South Africa.  Recent playwriting projects are Beautiful Little Lies, a stage play set in Cuba which received staged readings in Trinidad, Guyana and New York; and The River (co-written with David Skelton and Joseph Tisiga) which premiered at Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in April 2011.