Ari Edelson Bio


Ari Edelson– Selected directing credits: Building the Wall (New World Stages), Vengeance (Cherry Lane), Expats (New Group), The Attic (Play Company), The Atheist (Theatre 503, London), Blood WeddingWho’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfSexual Perversity in Chicago (Theatre Project Tokyo), True West and Tape (Tokyo Globe), Rape of Lucretia (ENO), Little Black Dress (Boston Playwrights, NYC), Mauritius (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Scariest (45 Bleecker).

Ari founded and serves as Artistic Director of the Orchard Project, the internationally renowned performance accelerator, which has to date developed more than 250 productions that have gone on to Broadway, the West End, and regional theaters around the United States and the world, including the 2014 TONY® winner for Best Play, All the Way, the OBIE-winning An Octoroon, TONY®-winning 33 Variations on Broadway, The Royal Court’s Posh (also West End), OBIE-winners The AliensThe Shipment, and Architecting.

He has served on the artistic staff of London’s Old Vic Theater, The English National Opera, and Theatre Project Tokyo, served as director on attachment at New Dramatists and The National Theatre Studio, as a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, and has taught at Northwestern University, Fordham University and in Japan. Education: Yale University and Royal Scottish Conservatoire.

Ari Edelson