Ari Edelson

Director. Producer. Creative Consultant.


Recent Projects

I am a director, producer, artistic director, and developer of new work spanning a number of verticals — theatre, opera, musicals, TV, and audio

A lifelong commitment to groundbreaking new work

ARI EDELSON is a director and producer whose directing credits span across multiple continents and forms. Recent directing credits include: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (with Judge Reinhold at Arkansas Rep), Primating (Arkansas Rep), Building the Wall (New World Stages), Vengeance (Cherry Lane Theatre), Expats (The New Group), The Attic (Play Company), The Atheist (Theatre 503, London), Blood Wedding, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Theatre Project Tokyo), True West and Tape (Tokyo Globe), The 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, which has to date developed more than 400 productions that have gone on to Broadway, the West End, and regional theaters around the United States and the world. 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.

recent Experience

  • Jun, 2008 - Present

    Founder and Artistic Director

    The Orchard Project

  • 2000 - present

    Freelance Director

  • 2011-2016


    Culture Craver

  • 2005 - 2008

    Director on Attachment

    Theatre Project Tokyo

  • 2002 - 2010

    Founder/Artistic Director

    Old Vic/New Voices US/UK Program, Old Vic Theatre, London

  • 2000 - 2003

    Staff Director

    English National Opera

Selected Press and Reviews

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    The play still emerges as powerful political theater [and] never feels static, thanks to Ari Edelson’s taut staging and the gripping performances.


    Frank Sheck, Hollywood Reporter

    Review of "Building The Wall"
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    Gripping storytelling, and powerful performances ... under director Ari Edelson’s well-measured direction.


    Frank Rizzo, Variety

    Review of "Building the Wall"

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