A Canadian Rhodes Scholar with a doctorate in history, Banuta Rubess is a writer and director for theatre, opera, radio and film. Originally from Latvia, Rubess has lived and worked extensively in Canada. She received her education at Queens University in Kingston ( BA Hons in History and Drama) and at Oxford ( D.Phil in Modern History). From 1995-98 Rubess acted as Artistic Co-Director for FROTH productions; a company devoted to theatre involving the human body, the body politic and live music.Together with Neil Bartlett, Rubess founded The 1982 Theater Company, an international theatre ensemble. Together they tourse Europe and North America with collectively devised productions of Aspazija, Brecht and Fo (1982-1984). Rubess gives lectures and seminars at Universities in Canada, USA , Latvia and Englland and was a member of the Toronto Arts Council Board of Directors 1989-93 as well as the Nightwood Theater Board of Directors 1986-88.