photo by Carolyn Kettig

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


Whether creating her original written & directed work, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists on performances, or working with playwrights to develop imaginative and experimental plays, Helen is passionate about making work that asks questions and investigates answers without proclaiming any single certainty.


In her own work, she re-imagines pivotal moments of 20th-century American history by pushing beyond and cracking open the historical archive. She is especially frustrated and fascinated with the myth of American exceptionalism. 


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

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

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