Ruth Zaporah is a teacher, performer, and director. She travels widely in the United States and abroad, performing and teaching in theaters, dance and theater studios, on college campuses, and psychological training programs. She has twice been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship.
"Action Theater is a true path to liberation: from
self-binding and limiting concepts, from fear and mistrust. Working
within the framework of Ruth's instructions, we can practice being
spontaneously alive in a world that has not already been formed,
where no script exists."
- Edward Espe Brown, Zen teacher and author of The Tassajara Bread Book
"Improvisation by its very nature is impossible to capture in
words. There are few competent practitioners left in this cynical
materialistic era. The need for "winging it" both on and off stage,
of going out on a limb, "suspending disbelief," is of supreme
importance particularly at this time. This is the value and healing
property of improvisation, whether you're an artist or a business
person. Ruth Zaporah is a master of this elusive and transformative
art form. At last, after all these years we have a compendium of
her exercises. This is a book of spells for your enchantment."
-John O'Keefe, playwright and actor, founding member, Blake Street Hawkeyes "Those of us lucky enough to see Ruth Zaporah perform have anticipated this book with great eagerness. How has this genius of authenticity, this brilliance of spontaneity come into being? How does she do it? As countless students will tell you, Ruth Zaporah has been leading students in the direction of what she knows for a long time; she is an extraordinary teacher. And now, in a simple and wonderfully evocative telling, she has given us a record of how her work and its teaching takes place. This book will very soon become an indespensible classic, not only for studies in theater, but also inthe nature of life."
-Susan Griffin, author of A Chorus of Stones and The Eros of Everyday Life