Jorrit Ruijs (1980) studied classical ballet at The Royal Academy of Dance and graduated from the Amsterdamse Toneelschool. He interned at Toneelgroep Amsterdam and was contracted by Het Zuidelijk Toneel for two years.
He performed title roles in ‘Roberto Zucco’ and ‘Don Carlos’ and was casted for lead roles in musicals like ‘Ciske de Rat’ and ‘Hair’, the last directed by Marcus Azzini. Jorrit was part of the original cast in ‘Soldaat van Oranje, de musical’, where he took on the role of Bram Goudsmit.
Jorrit is no stranger to television either, over the years he appeared in shows such as; Kinderen geen bezwaar, Van God Los, Walhalla, Co-assistant, Flikken Maastricht, Spoorloos verdwenen, Boks, Ernstige delicten, Bon Bini Beach, Blauw-Blauw and Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden. He was a regular in Bloedverwanten, played a main character in Motief voor moord and most recently he was added to the cast of the late-night soap opera De Spa.
Nijinsky – gek van dans, directed by Peter de Baan and choreographed by Toer van Schayk, gave Jorrit the opportunity to combine his acting with his education in dance.
He continued to combine dance and play in the successful Het temmen van de Faun, a show at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival which he wrote himself and was directed by Titus Tiel Groenestege. Next to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival he also played at “Oerol Festival”, “De Parade” and was part of De laatste zomer at the open air theater in Amsterdam.
For Fantasten Jorrit performed in the movement theatre shows ‘Isolement’ and ‘Honger’.
Currently, Jorrit stars as Scar in Disney’s musical The Lion King. A role for which he was nominated for a Johnny Kraaykamp Musical Award in the best male lead character in a musical category.