AJ Ruiz


Raised in Miami, Florida, my first exposure to story telling was playing classic JRPGs like Paper Mario and Pokémon. Since then I've been trying to rediscover that elusive nostalgia in my own journey as an artist. Whether I'm playing in the medium of acting or music I am constantly chasing that same whimsy I first experienced in front of my Nintendo 64.

In 2018 I graduated from Florida International University with my BFA in Theatre Performance. I'm currently working in the Magic City as an actor, musician, and teaching artist.

Thanks for checking out my online portfolio. Take a look around to learn more about the variety of projects I have worked on in the past and what I'm excited about right now!

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AJ is thrilled to announce he has been offered a spot at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House's prestigious MFA Acting program (Ranked 12th in the world by The Hollywood Reporter). He will be starting in the Fall of 2021. 


AJ just finished working as the swing/understudy in Miami New Drama's historical, COVID-conscious, world premier of 7 Deadly Sins in Miami Beach. After two extensions, AJ had performed in the roles of Miran (LUST by Nilo Cruz), John C. Calhoun (PRIDE by Carmen Palaez), and Andre (ENVY by Hilary Bettis).

AJ was recently nominated as "Best Actor" for his performance in the short film 'Til Death at the international Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles. He was in the running with top performers from around the world, including Kevin Bacon.

Watch 'Til Death now ↓↓↓

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Selected Regional credits: Wynwood Stories (Juggerknot Theatre Company), The Words of Dead Men (Sandrell Rivers Theatre), Can't Live Without You (Willow Theatre); Selected FIU credits: A Midwinter Night's Dream, A Flea In Her Ear, and Ubu Rex.

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