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Ruth Jenkins, MS, CCC-SLP

CSz Portland
CSz Portland's Ruth Jenkins, MS, CCC-SLP uses improv techniques and skills in training for speech, language and cognitive treatments for both adults and youth.
She has over 34 years of improv performance and teaching experience, and over 25 years experience as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, working with a variety of clientele.

Ruth has worked with both elders and teens (some times together) in scripted theatre and improv. She started theatre clubs at two assisted living facilities in Portland. She has worked with middle school students directing three plays and devising/writing/directing a fourth, "I Ain't Got No Home", which allowed students to meet with and interview elders who had lived through the Depression Era and bring to life their stories of moving from various states of the US, through California and into Oregon. She also directed a show comprised of one acts and poetry about gun violence with teens and adults as a fundraiser for organizations supporting gun sense measures.This year, Ruth wrote and produced Quality of Life, a full-length play about end of life issues (portlandcomedy.com/quality).

Ruth has been performing with ComedySportz and several other improv groups for over thirty years and has acted in scripted theatre  for over forty years. She is currently in a Forum Theatre piece examining the biases toward women and people of color in STEM collegiate programs.
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