Helen is a writer/director based in New York. She also works as a producer of all kinds - for film, theater, book events, and music festivals.
In her own work for the stage and screen, Helen is passionate about telling stories of women of all ages at critical moments in their lives - when they're forced to face uncomfortable truths about themselves and their futures, or when they're on the precipice of making a big decision. Her process involves intense historical research, interdisciplinary collaboration, rigor and specificity, and leading with curiosity. She asks questions and investigates answers without proclaiming any single certainty.
Obsessed with going back to pivotal moments of 20th century history, Helen pushes beyond the stories we are told, the stories preserved in the historical archive. In her writing, 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 messy/painful then is that it forces us to take a good look at where we are now and at what needs to change as we work to build an equitable and empathy-filled future.
Helen was a 2014 Core Co. Member at The Orchard Project, and has worked with Blue Man Group, LCT3, Ensemble Consensus, Shakespeare in the Park/The Public Theater, Curtis Opera Theatre, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, WP Theater, The Bushwick Starr, Corkscrew Theater Festival, Iron Bloom Creative Production, John Seabrook, and James Sanders.
She grew up in NYC, and graduated from Wesleyan University (double degrees in Theater and Religion).
Photo by Chelsea Bailey
Special Skills: Video Editing, Proofreading and Editing Content, Line Producing, Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube); Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, Evernote.
email: helenhandelman at gmail.com