Born in Plainfield, N.J., Bill Ruyle has been active as a percussionist/composer/collaborator for new music, dance, and theater in N.Y.C. and abroad for over 40 years. He began his career playing percussion at Lamama for the landmark original production of Fragments of a Trilogy (Elektra, Medea, and The Trojan Women) composed by Elizabeth Swados and directed by Adrei Serban. He has served as music director for numerous revivals of the trilogy in N.Y.C., Asia, and Europe and is currently music director of The Trojan Women Project, which is dedicated to teaching and sharing this unique work throughout the world.
Ruyle’s Off-Broadway experience is extensive and includes playing for the original productions of The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Hunger Artist by Martha Clarke. On Broadway, he has played for The Pirates of Penzance (dir. Wilford Leach), The Threepenny Opera, Juan Darien (dir. Julie Taymor), The Secret Garden, The Green Bird (dir. Julie Taymor), Aida, Big River, The Boy From Oz, and Wicked, and played percussion and hammered dulcimer for Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (dir. Julie Taymor). Ruyle has also played for eight Shakespeare in the Park productions in N.Y.C. including Cymbeline (dir. Andrei Serban), Julius Ceasar, and The Seagull (dir. Mike Nichols). He has performed with the Manhattan Marimba Quartet, Newband (Harry Partch music and instruments), the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the London Contemporary Orchestra. His own compositions have been performed nationally and internationally. He has composed modern dance scores for choreogrphers Diane Madden, Susan Rethorst, Joanne Jansen, Lila York, and Tamar Rogoff.
Ruyle has taught in many educational outreach programs including the Lincoln Center Institute and Link Up! at Carnegie Hall. He has been on the MAP faculty since 1994.