Ariel Fristoe


Theater Studies

Office: Rich Building, Room227

Phone: 404-727-0524



Ariel Fristoe  is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Hand Theater, where she creates innovative new work by partnering with passionate experts to create compelling, intimate theatrical events, engaging communities around ideas that matter. Since 2001, she has developed 12 original pieces, 8 of which have toured the U.S. and Europe. Original works include HELP!, an interactive self-help seminar exploring group psychology; Meds, a wonderland fun-ride through the pharmaceutical industry; and Hominid, a collaboration with world-famous behavioral scientist Frans de Waal, which toured five cities in Europe. In 2011, Out of Hand collaborated with the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution to develop Group Intelligence, an interactive theatrical event modeling origins of life chemistry on a human scale. Group Intelligence premiered in Atlanta and toured Europe and the U.S., including science festivals and the prestigious International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Out Of Hand has been featured in Variety, Studio 360, Back Stage, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Discovery News, Theater Journal and TheaterForum, and received a New Generations: Future Audiences award from Theater Communications Group. Out Of Hand has been named Atlanta’s “Best New Company” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), “Best Theatrical Mad Scientists” (Creative Loafing), and one of “A Dozen Young American Companies You Need to Know” (American Theatre Magazine). Other directing credits include Theater Emory, Jewish Theatre of the South, Theatre du Reve and The National Black Arts Festival. Acting credits include Actor’s Express, Arkansas Repertory, Jewish Theatre of the South, Geva Theatre and Theatrical Outfit. Ariel holds a BA in Theater and French, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where she received the Lewis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Friends of Theater Emory Most Valuable Collaborator Award. She is a 2004 Finalist for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and a winner of the Loridans Artist Encouragement Award 2009. In 2010 Ariel was the runner up for Best Local Director by The Sunday Paper.