Helen is a writer and director based in New York.
In her work for the stage and the screen, Helen asks questions and investigates answers without proclaiming any single certainty. She is passionate about telling stories of women at critical junctures, on the precipice of making a big change or decision. Her process involves intense historical research, interdisciplinary collaboration, rigor and specificity, and leading with empathy and curiosity.
In her work, she goes back to pivotal moments of 20th-century U.S. history to question and push beyond the stories that are 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 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 towards a radically equal and just future.
Helen was a 2014 Core Co. Member at The Orchard Project, and has developed work 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, and Corkscrew Theater Festival.
She grew up in NYC, and graduated from Wesleyan University (double degrees in Theater and Religion).
email: helenhandelman at gmail.com