Ruthie Doyle is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Since 2013 she has worked with the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program team, which supports and exhibits artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as year-round via Labs and residencies.
Often lyrical and impressionistic, Ruthie's work makes a non-literal exploration of issues surrounding family, memory, identity, gender and sexuality. She is influenced by her social justice activism and work in health and healing. Her past work includes interactive screen pieces, for performance via physical computing, and for audience engagement using mobile phones.
Besides directing, Ruthie has served as a camera assistant, digital imaging technician (DIT)assistant/editor, shooter and producer. In her youth, she graduated early from arts high school in Texas, working as an actor in a repertory theater company in San Antonio before moving to New York in 2000.
Past projects and curation have appeared on national television and numerous online outlets including MTV, Vice and Bust magazine; in New York art spaces; at the Sundance Film Festival and Outfest; in The Museum of Modern Art and the Arnhem Fashion Biennial (The Netherlands). Works she’s crewed in various capacities have also appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, among many others.
Ruthie participated in The Kitchen's Sidney Kahn Summer Institute in 2002, where she co-designed and performed an interactive video performance piece under mentors Laurie Anderson, Bill T Jones and Yoko Ono, among others. She earned her BA in new genres performance and socio-behavioral public health (with a focus on gender and sexuality) from Sarah Lawrence College and studied photography in Florence, Italy. She later studied as a Master's candidate at ITP, within NYU Tisch School of the Arts’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television; and completed her MFA in Film/Video at CalArts.