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 was a faculty member at UCLA in the department of French & Francophone Studies, and at UC Santa Cruz (where she also earned her PhD in Literature) in Theater Arts, Classical Studies, and French. She currently works as a grant writer at Caltech’s Beckman Institute.
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 was a company member of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival from 2012 to 2020, and is a member (Dramaturg/Producer) of the Los Angeles-based theater company Collaborative Artists Bloc.