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Gary Rucker, actor/director/producer

Gary Rucker’s list of stage credits as an actor, director and producer – as well as his awards – runs a full 7 pages at 12-point Times New Roman font. Single spaced. These include Big Easy, Storer Boone and Marquee Awards and nominations for directing nearly every year since 2003. It’s no surprise, then, that the University of New Orleans named Rucker (FTCA BA ’96 MFA ’00) the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus for 2012.

Rucker earned his Master’s in acting and was a member of the Resident Acting Company while at UNO. He has more than 150 roles under his belt, dating back to the fourth grade, when he no doubt dazzled the audience as the first wise man in his class nativity play. Rucker attended Brother Martin High School as well as the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His experience at NOCCA was life-changing, he says, and is ultimately what led him to make theater his career.

As an actor and director, Rucker has worked in every major venue in the Greater New Orleans area as well as in theaters from Baton Rouge to Maine. He is the founder of the local FourFront Theatre and Theatre 13 and has served as Artistic Director for both Sixpence Players and the One Hour Shakespeare Company. Rucker’s work with FourFront once landed him in Gambit's acclaimed "40 Under 40" issue which "honors the community's newest generation who have achieved amazing accomplishments and make New Orleans a better place to live."

Currently serving as a professor of practice in Tulane University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Rucker has been a member of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane for the past seven years and a member of the Patchwork Players for eight. He also serves as director in residence for Rivertown Repertory Theatre in Kenner.

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