Baņuta Rubess is a director and writer with a string of innovative productions to her credit for audiences in Canada and Europe.
Her directorial work is blazingly visual, witty and edgy, and often knits together music, theatre, and dance.
She cut her professional teeth in Britain, but soon moved back to Canada, where she created groundbreaking works for Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Direct, and Tapestry New Opera Works. For a heady four years, she was Associate Artist at Theatre Passe Muraille.
In 1998, she moved to Riga, Latvia, pitching in to rebuild its democracy. While there, she wrote and directed works ranging from a site-specific, immersive version of La Ronde, to classic and new opera, to a show about Latvian boat people performed on a beach.
She writes plays and libretti, as well as essays and articles. She's published a novel for Young Adults, and recently completed a memoir. She's been nominated for many awards and has won a few, including Best Play and Best Director.
She returned to Toronto in 2012.
One of the first dozen women to win the Rhodes Scholarship, she holds a doctorate in history from Oxford University.