Ruth Priscilla Kirstein - Middle East Film Initiative

Ruth Priscilla Kirstein, MD, PhD

Founder & Director

From prestigious venues to impromptu performances, Ruth Priscilla Kirstein has moved and connected audiences in America, Europe and the Middle East as an actor-fencer-dancer, director, moderator, and visual artist. She holds a Medical Doctor (MD) and a PhD in Medical Ethics from the University of Freiburg. Her performance work has been supported by, among others, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Peter J. Sharp Foundation, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, United Technologies, and Baskin Robbins. She is the Founder and Director of the New York City-based Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI), an equal employment opportunity project. The MEFI advocates for U.S. media and entertainment professionals who are of Middle Eastern descent or working on topics of importance to local Middle Eastern communities. She served on the screenwriting jury of the Socially Relevant Film Festival. For Boston Ballet, she designed and launched the Taking Steps outreach program, now a major staple of Boston Ballet’s educational programs, reaching nearly 200 inner-city middle school girls each year. As a fencing coach, she created training techniques to help children with developmental challenges. Her medical designs and fine art were featured in solo exhibitions at the Franco-German TV network arte and the European Parliament in Brussels. When Ruth is not breaking new ground by merging science, entertainment and athletics, you can find her working in organic fields or milking goats. Read more about Ruth’s activities on her website. Connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube.














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