Dr. Ariane Helou currently teaches in the Department of French & Francophone Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on drama, music, and poetry in early modern Italy, England, and France; her secondary research field is culinary history. Dr. Helou previously taught at UC Santa Cruz (where she 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 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 Artes Vocales. 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.