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 playwright, television writer, and educator.
Ali’s play In Every Generation will receive its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in 2022, followed by a production at the San Diego REP. Her work has been developed, produced, or commissioned by Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center/National New Play Network, La Jolla Playhouse, Round House Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Jewish Plays Project, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Barrow Group, Owl and Cat Theatre in Australia, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and Horizon Theater Company, among others. She won the 2019 National Jewish Playwriting Contest and has been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Ali has developed TV projects with AMC and Anonymous Content. She was a member of the 2020/2021 Geffen Playhouse Writers’ Room, and she is the associate artistic director of the annual Lipinsky San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. Ali received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A. in Playwriting from UC San Diego.
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.’
When she’s not writing plays, Ali loves playing the ukulele, listening to Joni Mitchell, re-reading YA and fantasy novels, and re-watching episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”