Bruce Ruddell

Bruce Ruddell graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1975. Upon graduation Mr. Ruddell was asked to be a founding member of the Tamahnous Theatre Workshop Collective in Vancouver. Since his work with Tamahnous, he has further contributed to the arts in Canada and abroad as a playwright, composer, arranger, music director, conductor, artistic director and record producer.

Mr. Ruddell has written three produced theatre works with three more in development.


Beyond Eden - Jan.16-March 10/2010 at Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Calgary/2010 Cultural Olympiad co-production completed extremely successful runs in Vancouver and Calgary. Dennis Garnhum - Director. Arena Stage, Wash. DC script workshops and public readings. 2011. Anita Maynard-Losh - Director. Beyond Eden has received the full endorsement of the Council of the Haida Nation and from the Chiefs and Elders of Haida Gwaii.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart - The Belfry Theatre - April 16-May 19 2013- Directed by Michael Shamata.

The Pied Piper - Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre, directed by Roy Surette, had a lengthy run at The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.


1969 - A full length musical described as a magical, musical, mystery entertainment. In development with Vancouver Director John Cooper and Music Director Tim Williams.

EVEREST - A three act drama about George Mallory’s attempts to summit Mt. Everest in the 1920s and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, Ruth. In development with Director Kim Collier.

The Finch’s Beak - A music theatre work that tells three stories about evolution. First draft of this full-length work is completed.

Mr. Ruddell’s theatrical scores have been heard in theatres across the country including the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre. He has served as composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Playhouse and The Charlottetown Festival where he was also Associate Music Director for two seasons, arranging and directing the music for Are You Lonesome Tonight and The Mind Bogles. At the Charlottetown Festival Mr. Ruddell received the Eric Harvie Residency Award to create a new music theatre work.

Mr. Ruddell was honoured in Toronto with the Music Industry Award at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for his career work with First Nations music and drama projects.

Mr. Ruddell’s compositions for concert halls have been performed and broadcast worldwide. Some of these works include:

EARTHPRAYERS - a massive ninety-minute oratorio that opened the 11th World AIDS Conference in Vancouver. Three hundred of the city’s most accomplished musicians and singers, including the Vancouver Bach Choir, ELEKTRA, Chor Leoni, the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Radio Orchestra, MET star Judith Forst, and Tony Award winner Brent Carver performed this work. Conducted by David Agler.

ALL FACES - This commission for The Vancouver Chamber Choir and percussionist Salvador Ferreras premiered in the Great Hall in Beijing and was part of the VCC’s historic tour of Mainland China and Hong Kong. Conducted by Jon Washburn. The work has also been performed by Musica Intima.

THE SPIRIT OF HAIDA GWAII - an oratorio written in association with Haida artist Bill Reid (texts) celebrating his masterpiece sculpture of the same name. This work has had multiple performances in Montreal (St. Lawrence Choir-Iwan Edwards conductor) and Vancouver (Van. Bach Choir, Van. Symphony-Bruce Pullan and Iwan Edwards conductors). It has been recorded for CBC One and Two and Radio Canada and CBC and BRAVO television broadcasts. A chamber version of this work conducted by Rupert Lang was the first work to launch the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. Some of the soloists who have performed the work include Judith Forst, John Avey, Nathalie Poulin and Richard Margison.

THE HEALING HEART OF THE FIRST PEOPLE OF THIS LAND – a commission from revered Lushootseed Elder, Vi Hilbert for The Seattle Symphony; conducted by Maestro Gerard Schwarz. This fifty-minute work was a feature part of The Made In America Festival and was performed to a sold-out, standing ovation in the Mark Taper auditorium at Benaroya Hall-Seattle.

VIGIL - performed by the Borealis String Quartet and The Christ Church Cathedral choir, conducted by Rupert Lang. VIGIL honours the missing and murdered women of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and the Highway Of Tears. This thirty-minute work has had multiple broadcasts on a number of CBC radio programs.

Mr. Ruddell served two seasons as composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and a season with the Vancouver Bach Choir.