Ruthie Fierberg is an independent journalist specializing in arts coverage and based in New York City. She is the creator and host of the podcast "Why We Theater," which fuses theatre and social justice. She is the former Executive Editor of Playbill where she spent five years creating in-depth features, as well as launching and hosting Playbill's Live From the Red Carpet specials. Ruthie continues to moderate panels at the 92Y, Disney Theatrical Productions, and the annual BroadwayCon. She has written for Broadway News, Dance Magazine, Backstage, and more and previously worked as a full-time staff member at Parents and American Baby, and helped launch Parents Latina. She is involved with such causes as the Entertainment Community Fund, Covenant House, and HIAS New York.