Ruth Margraff is an award-winning playwright/librettist and performer whose writings have been presented throughout the world and published extensively. Margraff is currently an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She represented the US State Department as a cultural envoy in Calcutta, India, where she offered playwriting training and reflective interviews on issues of domestic violence and teenage victims of human trafficking. Margraff has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including four Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts commissions, a Fulbright, and a McKnight National Commission/Residency. She is a new member of Chicago Dramatists, an alumna of New Dramatists, and an active member of LPTW and Theatre Without Borders.