…is a writer, performer and dramaturg making socially activist theatre. She is an associate artist of ARC Stockton, Northern Stage and Unfolding Theatre, as well as a Third Angel mentee.
Luca has collaborated with sector-leading artists, including Chris Thorpe on Learning How to Die, Paula Varjack on #TheBabyQuestion, and Unfolding Theatre and Selina Thompson on Hold On Let Go.
Her debut show Learning How to Die, about addressing mortality, had a sell-out national tour in 2016. Her second show Luca Rutherford’s Political Party is a playful attempt to take on the paralysis of being confused and overwhelmed by politics. It is an ARC Stockton production, co-commissioned by The Albany, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage, Unity Theatre and toured nationally in 2019. Her current show in development, You Heard Me, is an ARC Stockton production, co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Theatre in the Mill, Northern Stage and The Albany.
Luca’s current collaboration is with choreographer Lizzie J Klotz on A Really Small Dance, a new dance theatre piece co-commissioned by The Place, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and supported by ARC Stockton, Cambridge Junction, Dance City, Northern Stage, Spin Arts and Arts Council England.
What other people have to say about Luca and her work:
‘Luca approaches her work with such rigor and generosity – served up with a huge dollop of joy.’ – Selina Thompson
‘Luca has a performance style that openly invites the audience to consider the big questions alongside her, and brings them along willingly in the process of doing that.’ – Chris Thorpe
‘Luca Rutherford will make your heart sing and your brain do harmony vocals.’ – Chris Goode
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