Based in New York City, Ariel Francoeur is a feminist theater director and actor. She graduated from The University of Iowa with her MFA in Directing as an Iowa Arts Fellow, achieved in conjunction with the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her directorial focus is new play development, and conversely as an actor she works on classics – with the goal of illuminating the feminist perspective in leading women characters written by men.

Her directing and acting credits span the country, with her work seen in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Indiana, Colorado, and Iowa. Ariel is also a co-founder and the Producing Artistic Director of The Navigators, a New York based feminist sci-fi theater company. By empowering women playwrights, producers, directors, designers, and actors in their productions, The Navigators are dedicated to elevating female driven stories in a genre dominated by men.