I grew up in a teacher environment - both my grandmother and mom were teachers and everyone kept telling me that when I grow up I will be one as well. Back when I was little, I took as my duty to protest against it and say: “You can be whoever you want, but I won’t be a teacher, I’ll find my own way.”
Time passed by, I finished my undergraduate studies in management and business administration and noticed being drawn more and more to educational environments. During my studies I spent long hours and nights in different theatre spaces - either simply watching performances or volunteering to help out with productions - for me theatre was an entry point to learn about different worlds, different people and different time and space dimensions. I realized that there is more to learning and education than a traditional classroom and, maybe, since it’s that way, I can actually find my place in it.
I spent the next several years producing large-scale conferences, I co-founded and curated TEDxVilnius, which over the course of 3-4 years grew to be one of the leading events in Lithuania and the global TEDx program. I loved exploring how using stage as a platform to create theatrical experiences and through sharing ideas I can invite people to learn and be curious about the questions they care about.
I later earned Masters degree in Emerging Media from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where I spent most of my time researching ways people learn, experimenting with various software tools and storytelling techniques as well as exploring what other platforms other than a stage could I use for creating seamless learning experiences.
I’m excited to have a chance to be part of EdLab’s Design team and keep experimenting and exploring while designing immersive learning experiences at the Library and the Learning Theatre.
Ruta is a Lithuanian technologist, programmer and producer based in New York. From large-scale events to installation design, her work aims to build platforms that invite people to indulge in something they haven’t learned or experienced before. She currently works as experience designer and multimedia producer on EdLab’s Design team and holds a Masters degree in Emerging Media from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).