About the Author: Ruth Fletcher Gage

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Ruth Fletcher Gage has spent her life moving between the political and creative worlds. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC Chapel Hill as an IBM/Awalt Scholar in Directing. She attended Oxford University and worked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago with Tony, Pulitzer and Academy Award winning writers and directors August Wilson, Steve Tesich and Robert Falls. Her first work in film was for Michael Mann and Jon Landau on LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Ruth then worked on the combined campaign for Governor James B. Hunt and Clinton/Gore, where she was a liaison to the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee. During this time, she served as both a state and national officer in the Democratic Party. She went on to work with the movies RICHIE RICH and HEAVYWEIGHTS through her job with the Secretary of Cultural Resources. Later, Ruth earned an MFA from the American Film Institute, where she produced several short films, produced the Directing Workshop for Women and attached Emmy Award winner Charles S. Dutton to her thesis screenplay. As Development Executive at Thunderbird Pictures, she developed the indie KLASH and, with Christos, sold A PLACE FOR US with Dennis Hopper.

Since that time, Ruth and her husband Christos have written as partners for television and film. Their work has been nominated for numerous awards, including SHINE and GLAAD awards. They’ve written movie screenplays for Universal, Sony and Warner Brothers, as well as such actors as George Clooney and Morgan Freeman. Their produced credits include the indie films THE BREED and PARADOX. In television, they’ve worked with award-winning actors Michael Emerson, Viola Davis and Vincent D’Onofrio. Their credits include NUMBERS and LAW & ORDER: SVU, where during the 400th episode celebration Dick Wolf called their show “Mercy” his favorite of the series and “a high water mark”. Most recently, they were brought in by Drew Goddard to be part of the inaugural writing staff of the acclaimed Marvel/Netflix television show DAREDEVIL, which was nominated for several Emmys and won a Saturn Award for Best New Media Series. Since its release, it has become Netflix’s highest rated show, and their episode has been one of the most critically acclaimed by reviewers from the Los Angeles Times to Nerdist. The Gages’ first collaboration on a graphic novel is the historical epic, THE LION OF RORA.

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