“Ariel fulfilled a significant part of Elm Shakespeare’s inaugural teen production of Julius Caesar. A key part of a seven-person ensemble, she played four roles – Calpurnia, the Soothsayer, Metellus Cimber, and Brutus’ tragic young servant Lucius. The production and the program were deeply affected by her professionalism, generosity, and talent. She almost instantly became a leader in the group and set the bar very high for hard work, emotional commitment, and inclusiveness. She embraced each of her very different roles with gusto and great curiosity, creating performances that were emotionally nuanced, specific, committed, and super engaging.
Ariel is a performer through and through, thrives with an audience, and has an undeniable joy on stage. As a former education director, who has worked with hundreds of students over 25 years, I believe Ariel is more likely to succeed as a professional artist than almost any student with whom I have ever worked. She is already well on her way.”
Photography by Melanie Eve Barocas