Ruth Nott (she, her) built a successful, multi-decade career by mastering the art of program innovation and excellence, with a focus on opportunities to increase awareness and access. Ruth is currently the Managing Director of Opera Parallèle, San Francisco. From 2008-2019, Ruth served as the Director of Education for the San Francisco Opera. She created the opera’s first department committed to community-building and arts education. Ruth was at the helm of a team that innovated multiple programs serving more than 70,000 people annually. Among these initiatives is Arts Resources in Action (ARIA), which was recognized with a Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award for its focus on collaboration, professional development, and arts integration.
Ruth inspires organizations to stretch beyond the boundaries of convention and tradition. Throughout 2019-2020, Ruth brought those strengths to consulting positions with Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Music at Kohl Mansion’s Violins of Hope project, and Kyoo, an online ordering system and partner of the point-of-sale system Square.