Elena Araoz

Elena Araoz directs theater, opera, and multimedia performance, internationally, Off-Broadway, and regionally. Recent productions include Anna in the Tropics (Barrington Stage), Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Manic Monologues (McCarter Theatre, Drama League Award nom.), El Matrimonio Secreto (Florida Grand Opera), Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (New York Theatre Workshop Next Door), Fornés’ Mud and Conduct of Life (Boundless Theatre Company), Warren Leight’s Union Square Incident (24 Hour Plays on Broadway, American Airlines Theatre), El Otro Oz (TheatreWorksUSA), and others at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Opera, Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Oregon Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Prague Shakespeare, Walnut Street Theatre, People’s Light, Noble Theater Bridge in Beijing, Bucharest International Theatre Platform, Shakespeare Festival St, Louis, Audible, and large-scale events for Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, PEN America, and Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her musical production Sugar Skull enjoyed its fourth national tour in 2022. Upcoming, she will direct the commercial musical Havana Music Hall which will be in residence as an immersive experience in Miami. Forthcoming, is Senator Bill Bradley’s documentary film Rolling Along, on which Elena served as a dramaturg. The New York Times has praised Araoz’s productions as “striking,” “primal,” “wild,” “stirring,” “refreshingly natural,” and “form-busting.” The Boston Globe as “riveting,” “dreamy,” and “vivid.” Time Out New York mentions, “Elena Araoz is a director with deep wells of imagination; she seems drawn to magical realist work.” She serves as Producing Artistic Director at Princeton University, where she also leads her research lab Innovations in Socially Distant Performance.