Becoming Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth Westheimer revisits her fascinating life after the death of her third husband. From her time as a young child in a Swiss orphanage to her time working as a celebrity sex therapist, Dr. Ruth approaches the chapters of her life with a charming sense of humor. A moving, funny portrayal of one woman’s determination to survive, thrive and keep learning.

Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain
runs from June 25, 2014 - August 3, 2014 in the Keating Theatre


Director     |     Kate Alexander
Stage Manager     |     S.C. Ferguson*
Costume Designer     |     Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer     |     Michael Barnett
Scenic Designer     |     Klyph Stanford

Dr. Ruth Westeheimer     |     Susan Greenhill*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

SUSAN GREENHILL (Dr. Ruth Westheimer) first met Dr. Ruth while she was on the Dr. Ruth TV series in the 1980s playing a young woman with a relationship problem.  Now, much to her surprise and delight, she is playing Dr. Ruth herself. Susan returns to FST after having last appeared as Shirley Valentine, also directed by Kate Alexander. Other FST Productions include Dinner With Friends; …and LA is Burning; Molly Sweeney; Fiction; The Savannah Disputation; Fakes; and Southern Comforts. In New York she has performed in Crimes of the Heart on Broadway and new works at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Actors Studio Theatre, and Urban Stages to name a few. Regionally she has appeared at numerous theatres from The Long Wharf to Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in such plays as Clean House (Acclaim Award); Sideman (Barrymore Award); Noises Off; Private Lives; The Glass Menagerie; and 4,000 Miles. On TV and film, she has been seen on The Good Wife; Law and Order; The Chappelle Show; Clarissa Explains It All; Guiding Light; Another World; Italian Movie; Pecker (Jon Waters, director); New World Order (Sundance Festival) and many commercials and voiceovers.

KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander is also a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby; and Golda’s Balcony. She will be appearing in the third show of the Summer Mainstage Season, the U.S. Premiere of Taking Shakespeare.  Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.

S.C. FERGUSON (Stage Manager) holds an M.A. in theatre from Florida State University. Her graduate work was done at the Asolo where she served as the first Children’s Theatre tour director and manager. She has worked professionally in over 50 productions in theatres from Florida to Canada. Her second career was in public education, teaching theatre here in Sarasota County. Retired, she returned to her first love here at FST stage managing Freud’s Last Session.  A proud grandmother of three, her daughter lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she is a professor at Notre Dame University.

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Coordinator) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed Pump Boys and Dinettes; Too Darn Hot; Poems, Prayers and Promises; The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.

MICHAEL BARNETT (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to join Florida Studio Theatre for Becoming Dr. Ruth! Regional: Forever Plaid, Miracle on 34th Street (National Tour); The Sound of Music, Grease (North Shore Music Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, Beauty & the Beast (Barter Theatre); Always...Patsy Cline (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Big River, The 39 Steps, Red and A Christmas Story (Tennessee Repertory Theatre). Mr. Barnett is a proud member of United Scenic Artists #829.

KLYPH STANFORD (Scenic Designer) Regional: The Admission (Lighting & Projections), After The Fall (Projections) Theater J. Peter Pan And Wendy (Scenery & Projections) Imagination Stage. American Utopias (Scenery & Lighting), A Girl’s Guide To Washington Politics (Scenery) Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Gem Of The Ocean (Scenery), The Piano Lesson (Scenery) Hangar Theatre. Sweet Tea (Scenery & Projections) Signature Theatre. Henry VIII (Lighting) (Helen Hayes Award Nomination) Folger Theatre. Hysteria (Scenery and Projections) (Helen Hayes Award Nomination) Rep Stage. Mr Stanford is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.

"Captures the energy, spirit and joy in life" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Exuberant, wise-cracking style" - The Observer

 Caotures the energy, spirit, and joy in life" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Lively outlook" - TotalTheater,com

"Delightful" - Venice Gondolier

"Poignant, moving story" -

Check out Dr. Ruth’s website here.

As a child, Dr. Ruth narrowly escaped the Holocaust and overcame amazing hardships. Read about her amazing life story here.

Watch Dr. Ruth answer questions and openly discuss sex and relationship issues here.