Theater Faculty

Elena Araoz

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Elena Araoz teaches courses in acting, directing and theater making. As a director of theatre and opera, as well as a writer and actor, she works internationally, Off-Broadway and across the country. The Latinx Theatre Commons named her creation of Two Arms and a Noise, a physical theater piece about the life of an indigenous Peruvian woman, as one of "thirty-six plays and writers that everyone should know;” the piece most recently played in Bucharest, Romania. The New York Times has praised Araoz's productions as "striking," "primal," "wild," "stirring," and "refreshingly natural;" The Boston Globe as "riveting," "dreamy," and “vivid;” and The New Yorker as “refreshing.” Time Out New York mentions, “Elena Araoz is a director with deep wells of imagination; she seems drawn to magical realist work.”

Upcoming, she will once again stage the national tour of Sugar Skull!, the Day of the Dead musical which enjoyed a 30-city tour in 2019, and she will direct the new opera I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams with Resonance Works Pittsburgh after its acclaimed world premiere with White Snake Projects at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. She will direct Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics (Barrington Stage) and workshop Octavio Solis’ newest play (Syracuse Stage). Her latest productions include Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (New York Theatre Workshop Next Door), The Migration Plays (McCarter), Sweat (People’s Light), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), In Between (Walnut Street Theatre), and theatrical events for Anna Deavere Smith and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, PEN America and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her international credits include the world premiere The Power in Beijing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Prague Shakespeare Festival. Opera productions include La traviata (New York City Opera at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House), choreography for Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass Opera), and choreography for Sir Jonathan Miller's La traviata (Vancouver Opera). Araoz is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and the Drama League’s inaugural Beatrice Terry Artist-In-Residence.


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Wallace Dance Building W326
Lewis Arts complex
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