Rui Dun is a theatre artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Coming from China, she values the rich culture she is rooted in. Holding a BA in Chinese Literature, applying the cultural legacy to her work in theatre. She has collaborated with artists from China, Turkey, England, United States and has now directed freelance and academically in New York City for 3 years. Credits include: Aniuta (Chekhov, Actors Studio Drama School), The Man Who Couldn’t Dance (Actors Studio Drama School), The Brother (New York Short Play Festival 2017), The Author's Voice (ASDS Rep), The Feast (ASDS Rep), The Mistress of Wholesome (ASDS Rep). She holds a directing MFA from Actors Studio Drama School. She was recently featured in 'Dressed As Girl'( Official Selection of NewFest 2017 & Portland Film Festival 2017).
Rui mainly focuses on developing new work with living playwrights. She also has a great passion for physical theatre. Her work in China had been selected by major theatre festivals around the country, such as Beijing Fringe Festival (2013). Credits: The Brother (The Players Theater), The Author's Voice (ASDS Rep), The Feast (ASDS Rep), The Mistress of Wholesome (ASDS Rep), Me casa es su casa (UNFIX NYC 2018). She is in search of a universal language in theatre relentlessly.
Rui is trained in both method acting and devised physical theatre. Film appearances include, Dressed As Girl (Fern Bush), 5ive Senses- touch. Rui performed with Chickenshed Theatre Company (London). Favorite characters include Hazel Niles (Mourning Becomes Electra), Marry Warren (Crucible), Tilly (Till the Day We Die).
Rui has experience working with children with special needs with the methodology of inclusive theatre.
She was the resident director for two years of an outreach theatre project for children in Changsha, China. Working with Chickenshed Theatre Company in London rooted her more deeply in bridging creation with voices less heard.