Ariel Stess is an L.A.-based playwright and director originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her plays include The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb 2017), Heartbreak (The Bushwick Starr, co-produced by New Georges, Time Out Critic’s Pick 2015), I’m Pretty Fucked Up (Clubbed Thumb, Five Stars Time Out 2014), Tranquil, and KARA & EMMA & BARBARA & MIRANDA. She is a member of New Dramatists, a 2019-21 Core Writer of the Playwrights’ Center, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist.
Past residencies include 2016 Yaddo Writer’s Residency, 2016 SPACE on Ryder Farm with Playwrights Horizons, 2014 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, and 2013-14 New Georges Audrey Residency. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Playwrights Horizons, The Bushwick Starr, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, and The Playwrights’ Center.
She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College where she studied under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She has taught Drama in Performance within NYU’s Dramatic Literature Department and Playwriting at Brooklyn College and SUNY Purchase. She’s been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, I Interview Playwrights, and Culturebot. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Culturebot.