Helen Handelman is a director + writer based in New York.
Whether creating her original written + directed work in theater, reimagining a short story for film, or directing interdisciplinary live events, Helen is passionate about making work that asks questions and investigates answers without proclaiming any single certainty. Her process involves intense research, creative collaboration in building physical scores, rigor, and leading with empathy + curiosity.
In her work, she goes back to pivotal moments of 20th-century American history to question and push beyond the stories we've been told, the stories that have been preserved in the historical archive. She explores her frustration with American exceptionalism by excavating specific historic junctures, by pulling up the roots of collective memories, and examining them. She believes that the power of investigating what was human / messy / painful then is that it forces us to take a good look at where we are now.
Helen was a 2014 Core Company Member at The Orchard Project, and has developed work with Blue Man Group, LCT3, Ensemble Consensus, Shakespeare in the Park/The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, WP Theater, Curtis Opera Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, and Corkscrew Theater Festival.
She grew up in NYC, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University (double degrees in theater + religion).
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Photo by Lucy Perkins