RUBY LYNN REYNER
SAG-AFTRA and ACTORS EQUITY
Ruby Lynn Reyner Bio
Ruby Lynn Reyner performs as an actress, singer, song writer and comedienne since she first came to NYC as a teenager. Searching for a niche of her own, she aspired to be like her idols of Hollywood like Lucille Ball, Betty Hutton, and Mae West. Ruby always felt like the stage was her home.
In the 1970's, Ruby walked into a rehearsal of "Conquest Of The Universe" at the loft of John Vacarro and was promptly added to the cast of Drag Queens and Warhol Superstars in The Playhouse Of The Ridiculous. Ruby quickly rose to the major role of The Conqueror's Queen playing opposite Mary Woronov as The Conquerer. She stayed with The Playhouse for many years starring in such roles as; "Heaven Grand In Amber Orbit" by Jackie Curtis and "Trilby in La Bohemia", written and directed by the great John Vacarro. Ruby won The Drama Desk Award for Acting in La Bohemia.
Ruby sang in many Playhouse productions so she decided to start a band; Ruby And The Rednecks with musicians she had collaborated with. Her partner and co-writer, John Madera, with whom she wrote many satirical rock songs including some from The Playhouse. Ruby took her act to The Mercer Arts Center where she opened for The New York Dolls. This became The Glam Rock Movement which morphed into The Original Punk Scene at Max's Kansas City and CBGB's.
In the 1980's Ruby collaborated with another Playhouse Alumnae, Gordon Bressack. They created musical shows such as "Voideville" and "Vandals of 1981". Voideville was produced at Crystal Field's Theater For The New City, and was an underground sensation.
In the early 1990's, Ruby wrote, directed and starred in "Singing In The Island" (another big hit) and "Christmas In The Island".
Her story is told in the Emmy Nominated Documentary, "Finishing Heaven" which appeared on HBO in 2008 and is currently available on Netflix.
To this day, Ruby continues to write, direct and perform in her show, "Singin' In The ER" and plays with her band Ruby And The Rednecks.
Her most recent film appearance was as The Posse Queen in "Generation Um" directed by Mark Mann and starring Keanu Reeves.