photo by Carolyn Kettig

Helen Handelman is a New York-based theater director focused on creating new work.


Collaborating with theater artists in devising interdisciplinary plays and performances, and with playwrights on developing imaginative text-driven plays, Helen is dedicated to making work that asks questions and investigates answers without proclaiming any single certainty.


In her own work, she re-images pivotal moments and events from 20th-century American history by pushing beyond and cracking open recorded accounts, aiming to make sense of the myth of American exceptionalism. 


Helen was a 2014 Core Company Member at The Orchard Project, and has worked on productions with Blue Man Group, LCT3, The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Curtis Opera Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, Corkscrew Theater Festival, and WP Theater.  

She grew up in New York City, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Click here for her resume.