RuthieAnn hails from Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and moved to NYC for grad school in 2005.
Lately she has been playing around cross-country with the LA Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl) and Boston Pops in Sondheim On Sondheim. She has also been singing with the NY Pops, San Francisco Symphony, and the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra (S. Korea.) Most recently RuthieAnn will star in Chess at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as Svetlana, singing the beloved musical classics "Someone Else's Story" and "I Know Him So Well."
RuthieAnn last played on Broadway in Sunday In The Park With George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and AnnaLeigh Ashford at the reopening of the historic Hudson Theatre - the oldest, and now newest, Broadway theatre house!
RuthieAnn played "Lady Thiang" in the Tony Award winning revival of The King and I, for which she was won the 2015 Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical." RuthieAnn is also known for originating the role of Imelda Marcos in Alex Timber's critically acclaimed show Here Lies Love - written by David Byrne w/DJ Fat Boy Slim, for which she received two prestigious awards, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Theatre World Award. Other favorite productions include Avenue Q, Band Geeks, Two By Two, and the National tours of both Annie and Sweeney Todd (as Adolfo Pirelli - playing the accordion, flute and piano onstage.) She received her Masters in Music Performance from NYU Steinhardt.
RuthieAnn lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their mischief-making little lady. She thanks her husband, family and close friends for their love and encouragement; teacher Dr. Gill for his endless support and for being the most resonant cheerleader; and very special thanks to her mother for her guidance and sacrifice. She thanks and praises God for His providence and grace. The role of Lady Thiang is dedicated to the memory of her grandmother, Wang HeeSook, the strongest, most faithful woman the family ever knew.