Dr. Ariane Helou is a scholar whose research focuses on drama, music, and poetry in early modern Italy, England, and France; her secondary research field is culinary history. Dr. Helou most recently taught at UCLA in the department of French & Francophone Studies. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz (where she also earned her PhD in Literature) in the departments of Theater Arts, Classical Studies, and French.
Dr. Helou has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies; the Huntington Library; and UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library & Center for 17th– and 18th-Century Studies, among others. She has published award-winning original scholarship on Italian Renaissance drama and musical performance, Shakespeare studies, and other topics.
She is also a translator; a dramaturg; and a performing artist whose background spans early music, theater, and opera, currently singing with the choral ensemble Artes Vocales, where she also serves as Associate Artistic Producer. Dr. Helou has been a company member of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival since 2012, and is a member (Dramaturg/Producer) of the Los Angeles-based theater company Collaborative Artists Bloc.