Photo by Kaitlin Ruby
Born and raised in so-called Arizona (Akimel O'odham territory), Kaitlin first fell in love with the arts through Theatre. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017 with a BA in Theatre Arts from California Lutheran University. While in school, she studied abroad at The University of Oxford in the Fall of 2015, where she dabbled in various subjects including Politics and the Arts, International Political Injustice, Shakespeare, and Global Studies. Upon returning, she finished her theatre degree and developed an interest in Costume Design--where she ended up designing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) her senior year.
After graduation, she went on to continue various theatre projects in addition to working at a small art gallery--where she helped with installations and selling artwork. She additionally became heavily involved in working with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), as well as became one of a handful of nationally chosen exemplary artists to attend the Artist as Citizen Conference at The Juilliard School in 2017. She was one of the founders of ASTEP's West Coast Chapter, and was additionally selected to be invited back to Juilliard to help revamp the Artist as Citizen Conference alongside other dedicated artists and activists in 2019.
She has since worked at an international arts organization as a Curation Specialist and built her resume by being featured in various magazines and shows-- including several issues of Condé Nast's House & Garden: The Art Edit, as well as at the Lincoln Center in the Kenan Fellow's production "Can You Hear Us Now?".
Kaitlin currently is in a brief transition phase, but continues to paint, write, and illustrate. While she tries to update her website as frequently as possible without going insane, feel free to stay completely up-to-date on her most recent works and art adventures via her Instagram @kaitlinrubyart.