Ruth Priscilla Kirstein, MD, PhD
Founder & Executive 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, host, 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 conceived and directed the opera-ballet A MORE PERFECT UNION about the American Constitutional Convention and its impact on today’s situation. A MORE PERFECT UNION premiered at New York City Opera’s VOX and Friends and at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia. She is the Founder and Director of the New York City-based Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI), an equal employment opportunity project. MEFI advocates for U.S. media and entertainment professionals who are of Middle Eastern descent or are 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, among others, training techniques to help children with developmental challenges. At the German Mission to the United Nations, she moderated the medical symposium RETHINKING TRAUMA AS A GLOBAL CHALLENGE. Her medical designs and fine art were featured in solo exhibitions at the Franco-German TV network arte and the European Parliament in Brussels. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and SACD. 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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