Ara has completed coursework from Antioch University Midwest, University of Maryland, and degrees from Miami University and Wittenberg University. She’s worked professionally with theaters in California, D.C., Philadelphia, and Ohio.
Local connections include Stivers School for the Arts, Yellow Springs High School, Beavercreek Community Theatre, YS Kids Playhouse, Dare to Defy, CultureWorks and the Ohio Arts Council.
Favorite directing projects include Fefu and Her Friends, Bunnicula, the Vampire Bunny, and Blithe Spirit.
Ara has worked in educational settings beyond the theatre, including libraries, daycare centers, and college classrooms.
”Ara uses her remarkable insight to pinpoint an actor’s strengths and weaknesses and then, with clear suggestions, helps the actor to create nuanced and powerful characters. And it doesn’t hurt that she makes it all seem easy.” —Ali Thomas, Yellow Springs Theatre Company.