MASSCreative Welcomes New Staff: Emily Ruddock and Selassie Davies 

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We are thrilled to welcome two new staffers to MASSCreative. Please join us in welcoming Program Advocate Emily Ruddock and Administrative Assistant Selassie Davies.

Emily Ruddock is passionate about the arts and making a difference in her community. She joined MASSCreative in December 2017 as the Program Advocate, working to advance MASSCreative’s policy platform with government officials, opinion leaders, and advocacy partners.

Emily was the first Director of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District in Lynn, MA. During her tenure she established the DTLCD Cultural Partners Steering Committee and the Artists Advisory Council, and advocated for the establishment of Lynn’s Public Art Committee. 

For over a decade, Emily worked as a theatre producer and casting director. As the Artistic Producer at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, she produced plays by Idris Goodwin, Sean Daniels, Lauren Gunderson, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Wendy MacLeod. At Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, Emily produced Heist! a site-specific world premiere by Deborah Stein at 21C Museum Hotel. She coordinated the casting of over 60 productions including world premieres by Naomi Iizuka, Carly Mensch, Eric Coble, Carlos Murillo, Gina Gionfriddo, and Deborah Zoe Laufer. Emily also created and co-produced Actors Theatre's The Late Seating, featuring local artists across artistic disciplines.

Emily graduated with a degree in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Selassie Davies joined MASSCreative as the Administrative Assistant in November 2017. Born in Boston, Selassie grew up in the Midwest before returning to Massachusetts for college. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2016 with a B.A. in Film and New Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Following graduation, Selassie completed a fellowship with the Media Art for Public Service (MAPS) media literacy program, a partnership between the Boston Health Commission’s Start Strong Initiative and MIT. She facilitated discussions with students as they navigated the complex topics of gender, sexuality, ability, race, class, mental health, and other areas of difference, to create digital art for social change.

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