Ali Viterbi crossed her theatrical Rubicon at age five, crafting imaginary worlds for her Barbie dolls and casting her two younger sisters in original “Wizard of Oz” sequels. Twenty years later, she is now a MFA Playwriting candidate at UC San Diego, where she studies with Naomi Iizuka.
As an artist, Ali firmly believes in a theater of compassion, one that constantly drives towards empathy and understanding. She seeks to create theater that speaks to the generosity of the human spirit. Her plays celebrate change rather than criticizing, using aspirational storytelling to rewrite the rules of our social world. They speak to the changing landscape of American history. Whether depicting Deadheads or sorority girls, her plays give voice to everyday, human stories that have hitherto been silenced or stereotyped. They mine and explore the daily triumphs and tragedies of the uniquely feminine American experience. She also seeks to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Jewish narrative, using Jewish history and spirituality to transform our preconceptions of ‘Jewish theater.’
In May of 2014, Ali graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Theater Studies. Since graduating, she has worked extensively in the professional world as an playwright, actor, teacher, and director. Ali’s plays have had productions and readings around the world, from New York to Melbourne, Australia. She has performed with companies around the world, including Williamstown Theatre Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and the Yale Dramatic Association. Ali also completed a graduate certificate from UCLA in Writing for Television. She assistant directed The Old Globe’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Mark Lamos, and San Diego REP’s production of The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding, directed by Todd Salovey.
When she’s not writing plays, Ali loves dreaming, listening to Joni Mitchell, playing the ukulele, re-reading Harry Potter, and re-watching episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”