Elena Araoz

Stage Director

Appears on: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Elena Araoz is a stage director of theater and opera, as well as an actress and writer.

As a director, she works internationally, Off-Broadway and across the country.

Upcoming, Araoz will direct Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds at New York Theatre Workshop’s “Next Door,” Romeo and Juliet for St. Louis Shakespeare and readings for Anna Deavere Smith and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue’s event “Hidden Hate, Hidden Love.”

NYC productions this past year include Catherine Filloux’s Kidnap Road at La Mama, Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud, Octavio Solis’s Prospect, Dipika Guha’s Mechanics of Love, Virginia Grise’s She-She-She, Hilary Bettis’ Alligator, and Warren Leight’s Union Square Incident for The 25 Hour Plays on Broadway. Regionally, Araoz directed Naomi Wallace’s The Retreating World, and Two Arms and a Noise – a physical theatre piece about the life of an indigenous Peruvian woman which Araoz originally wrote and directed as a New York Theatre Workshop fellow and which was recognized by the Latino Theatre Commons as one of thirty-six plays and writers that everyone should know” (performed for the Bucharest International Theatre Platform in Romania). The Drama League recently named Araoz the inaugural Beatrice Terry Artist-In-Residence where she completed her play Plastic Drastic, which she also directed for The Rose Theatre.

Other directing credits include the collaboratively-created Off-Broadway piece Architecture of Becoming by Kara Corthron, Sarah Gancher, Virginia Grise, Dipika Guha, and Lauren Yee; Off-Broadway American premieres of two Carl Djerassi plays, Fallacy and Three on a Couch, Mac Wellman’s plays Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis too) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Prague Shakespeare Festival in the Czech Republic.

Opera credits include La traviata with New York City Opera at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera North, Falstaff with Sir Thomas Allen and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, and choreography for “Latin Lovers” arranged by Steven Blier for Glimmerglass Opera.

She has worked extensively with Sir Jonathan Miller, most recently as choreographer and associate director for his La traviata at Vancouver Opera and has worked on his Broadway King Lear and multiple operas at Lincoln Center, Seattle Opera, BAM and Glimmerglass Opera.