Ari Barbanell is the Director of Special Projects at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), and the Associate Producer for the A.R.T.'s second stage and club theater, OBERON. Ari serves as the A.R.T.'s Producer for The Emerging America Festival, a collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company and ICA/Boston that presents groundbreaking American performance. In 2000, she co-founded the New York City-based theater company One Year Lease, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Ari worked in New York with many theatre artists including The Wooster Group, Fovea Floods, and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and in Boston as a grant writer for The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and received her BA from Vassar College with a degree in Drama.