Helen is a writer/director based in New York. She also works as a producer of all kinds - for TV, film, and theater.
In her work for the stage and screen, Helen is passionate about telling stories of women 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, collaboration, rigor, 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. She believes 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 has worked with Blue Man Group, LCT3, Shakespeare in the Park/The Public, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, WP Theater, The Bushwick Starr, Iron Bloom Creative Production, Jim Downey, John Seabrook, Ben Stiller, and Jay Duplass.
She grew up in NYC, and graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she studied 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