Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist who blurs the lines between performance, ritual and political action. Drawing on his own family history as source material, he researches specific stories, contextualizes them within broader social history and investigates their meaning in light of current social issues. Ariel has toured his solo plays Free Land and Amnesia at hundreds of theaters, universities, conferences and community centers across the country. His work has been commissioned by the National Performance Network, La Peña Cultural Center, the White Privilege Conference and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Playwright Commissioning Award. Ariel has also received funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Visibility Award, the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Fund and the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program. He has been a featured artist at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and Café Cantante in Havana, Cuba.
In 2009, as the Artist-in-Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, Ariel released a collection of poetry, Searching for White Folk Soul, currently in its third printing. In 2010, SpeakOut – the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture published a DVD of Free Land and the accompanying Free Land Curriculum Guide, an arts-based pedagogy designed for student-centered exploration of social justice themes. Ariel has worked as a teaching artist with a wide range of community-based arts organizations including Destiny Arts Center, the East Bay Institute for Urban Arts, Camp Winnarainbow, Community Works West and Youth Speaks. In 2014, he earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and is currently the Archivist and Story Architect at ODC in San Francisco. Ariel sees his creative work in the world as an extension of his most precious and important work as father to his two sons.
Curriculum Vitae available upon request.