Ruth Schilling (1947-2022)
Ruth Elizabeth Schilling, age 75, of Chicago's northside, passed away at her home in Uptown on December 8, 2022.
Ruth was an actor, opera singer, tap dancer and vocal coach, who worked in Chicago theater since the mid-70s. She graced the stages of Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, Pary Production Co. (one of three resident companies at The Theatre Building at the time), and a host of community theaters. Stage credits include: “Trickster” (2011) and “What of the Night?” (2010) both at Halcyon Theatre; “Women Behind Bars” at Pary Production Co. in 1979, directed by Gary Houston; and “Canticle of the Sun” by Willam J Norris, produced by Wisdom Bridge circa 1975, featuring William Peterson as St Francis. Ruth spent all of her adult life either acting in plays or helping with the production of them.
Ruth also did work for PR firm Edelman and various legal firms around Chicago.
Born in Seattle WA on September 9, 1947. Ruth graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma WA before attending Tacoma Community College. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she lived, until acting and theater brought her to Chicago. Ruth is preceded in death by parents Herbert and Helen Schilling and her nephew Jared Schilling, and is survived by her beloved sister Charlotte (Michael) Kessler and brother Herb (Doris) Schilling, niece Jennifer Daugherty, niece Jade Schilling, and great nieces Iris May Schilling and Charlotte Daugherty, and great nephew Tyler Daugherty.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Steppenwolf Theater of Chicago.