Director. Producer. Creative Consultant.
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.
Jun, 2008 - Present
Founder and Artistic Director
The Orchard Project
2000 - present
2005 - 2008
Director on Attachment
Theatre Project Tokyo
2002 - 2010
Old Vic/New Voices US/UK Program, Old Vic Theatre, London
2000 - 2003
English National Opera
The play still emerges as powerful political theater [and] never feels static, thanks to Ari Edelson’s taut staging and the gripping performances.
Gripping storytelling, and powerful performances ... under director Ari Edelson’s well-measured direction.