Stacy Rukeyser

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Stacy Rukeyser
Born1970 (age 52–53)
Alma materPrinceton University
Known forWriter, producer
(m. 2010)

Stacy Rukeyser (born 1970) is an American television writer and producer.[1] Rukeyser landed her first job writing for CBS drama Without A Trace. She was a writer and an executive producer on the ABC Family series Greek, and worked on the series, October Road, Gigantic, One Tree Hill,[2] The Lying Game and Twisted. [3] Rukeyser is the executive producer of the third season of the Lifetime Series Unreal.[4][5] She also produced the Netflix drama series Sex/Life.[6]


Rukeyser is the daughter of Louis Rukeyser, an American financial journalist, columnist, and host of the television show, Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser, and Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street.

Rukeyser graduated cum laude from Princeton University.[7] She also studied at the Warner Bros Dramatic Writing Workshop.

Rukeyser published an article in The Hollywood Reporter about the hostile environment for women in Hollywood. She specifically commented on instances of sexism she experienced while working on the series One Tree Hill, where she was the only female writer for the show, most notably when her coworkers called her names, conspired to install a hot tub on set, and went to lunch trips to hooters. Rukeyser has commented to Refinery29 that 80% of television shows are run by men and noted the change in media needs to start in the writers rooms.[8] In addition, she commented on the need to talk about "the gender pay gap, oppressive work environments, the lack of reasonable maternity leave policies, and every other issue that stands as a barrier to women in all industries."[9]

Rukeyser married her husband Clark Peterson in 2010.[10] The couple have two children.




  1. ^ "Stacy Rukeyser, Clark Peterson". The New York Times. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ "'One Tree Hill' Alum Details "Frat House" Vibe in "Misogynistic" Writers Room (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "Stacy Rukeyser on Fighting for Feminist TV Characters". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-10-12). "'UnReal': Lifetime Series Names Stacy Rukeyser As Showrunner For Season 3". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  5. ^ Adams, Erik. "UnREAL showrunner Stacy Rukeyser: "We are past the point of not being able to take reality television seriously"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (2019-08-19). "Netflix Orders 'Sex/Life' Dramedy Series From Stacy Rukeyser". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  7. ^ "Live Streamed Panel: Writing for Hollywood". Lewis Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  8. ^ "Why Hollywood's diversity problem starts in the writers' room ~ FutureFemmeFest". 13 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Will Never Move Forward Without This Major Change, Says "UnREAL" Showrunner". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  10. ^ "Stacy Rukeyser, Clark Peterson". The New York Times. 2010-05-28. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  11. ^ "UnREAL". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  12. ^ Bradley, Laura. "UnREAL, Once a TV Treasure, Gets an Unceremonious Farewell". HWD. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  13. ^ "Conversations UnREAL". SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  14. ^ "Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Stacy Rukeyser –". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  15. ^ "'UnREAL': Lifetime Names Stacy Rukeyser Showunner". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-31.