J.ED ARAIZA has a long and varied experience working on multicultural and cross-disciplinary projects as a writer, director and performer. For over the past twenty years he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed SITI Company with whom he continues to perform, tour and teach. In 2013 J.Ed was appointed Professor and Head of Graduate Acting at UCLA
As a playwright with seven original full-length plays produced, Mr. Araiza is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Austin Script Works and NoPE (No Passport Required). He has written the original plays: MEDEASTORIES, C/O THE GROVE and THE HOUSE all of which he directed at St. Edward’s University; at the University of Minnesota he wrote and directed THE LOST PROJECT, A Night Time Fantasia. Other original plays directed include WHERE DO I BEGIN produced at Naropa in Boulder, Colorado and LOST/THE WATER PROJECT at Bowdoin College. He has written a Bilingual Adaptation Miss Julia, based on the Strindberg
From 1992 to the present he has performed and taught with the SITI Company and Anne Bogart, SITI Company Acting credits include: Trojan Women, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Midsummer Night’s Dream, bobrauschenbergamerica, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, War of the Worlds, The Radio Play, and Nicolas and Alexandra at The Los Angeles Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, Walker Arts Center, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Wexner Center for the Arts, Krannert Arts Center, Theatre Artaud in San Francisco, Dublin Theatre Festival, Toga Arts Festival in Japan, The Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta, The Public Theatre NY, the Edinburgh International Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Arts, Bobiny Festival, Paris and the Bonn Biennial in Germany, as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music among many venues.
From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Araiza directed LADEELEROY, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST andVAUDEVILLE VANYA, his musical adaptation of Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA in Austin Texas. As well as three original plays. In Spring of 2005 he directed WHERE DO I BEGIN at Naropa in Boulder Colorado. January and February 2006 he created an original collaboration at Bowdoin College in Maine. In Spring 2008 he staged a workshop production of his script ONE FINE DAY, in November 2008 he workshopped “EVERYONE DIES, RIGHT?”, a collaborative meditation on HAMLET; both at the SITIStudio in New York City.
In Spring 2009 J.Ed directed Charles Mee’s BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, at the University of Houston, Texas, in September of that year he was assistant director at the LATINO THEATER COMPANY working on SOLITUDE at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), California, and in October he directed THEVOLUSPA at the National Theatre in Rekyavik, Iceland. In Spring of 2010 he worked on AMERICANDOCUMENT a co-production between SITI and the Martha Graham Company, in the fall he returned to the Los Angeles Theatre Center for the 25th anniversary production of LA VICTIMA. In March 2011, he led a workshop at the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway and lectured on the history of SUZUKI training and the SITI Company in Norway and Iceland.
In the fall of 2012 he created the role of Menelaus in the SITI Company’s production of TROJANWOMEN at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. In November he directed THE ADDING MACHINE at UCLA MFATheatre dept. In February 2012 Mr. Araiza directed Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL in Windsor Ontario, Canada.
Selected Regional Theater and NYC Acting credits include: The Cure at Troy, Yale Repertory Theatre (American Premier); Santos and Santos, Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis; Keely and Du (original cast), Hartford Stage and ATL(Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); 1969 ATL; Yerma, Arena Stage; Principia Scriptoria, A Contemporary Theatre; Picnic, ATL; Charley Bacon, South Coast Rep.; King Lear, Macbeth, La Victima, Los Angeles Theatre Center. Off Broadway; Orestes, Occasional Grace, En Garde Arts; Eastern Standard, Duo Theatre; Body Game, Theatre for the New City; Raft of the Medusa, Minetta Lane Theatre.
Mr. Araiza has worked at the Julliard School of Drama as movement consultant for BALM IN GILEAD,THE CHERRY ORCHARD, CUCKOO’S NEST and THE GREEKS (parts 1-4) and at the Yale School of Drama for THE THREE SISTERS. As a teacher he has led Master Classes in VIEWPOINTS, The SUZUKI Method of Actor Training, Dramaturgy, Composition as well as in Collaborative Creation. He leads classes in Dramaturgy at the annual SITI Summer Intensive.
Mr. Araiza has been a guest teacher at The Julliard, School, Yale School of Drama, SUNY Purchase, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Columbia University and NYU among many other universities. He has led workshops internationally in England, Mexico, Singapore, Canada, Colombia, Iceland and in Seoul, South Korea(Seoul Factory Theatre). In Canada he and his partner Ellen Lauren have led workshops in Vancouver BC, Toronto, St. Catherine Ontario and the Shaw Festival. They also have an ongoing summer workshop at Windsor University, now entering its seventh year.
In college at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, J. Ed was a member El Teatro Bilingue, for whom he translated and directed “UNA NOCHE CERVANTINA”, an evening of Spanish Classical Interludes at the Chamizal National Theatre in El Paso, where he had previously won the best actor award for “THEJEALOUS OLD FOOL/EL VIEJO CELOSO.” He was twice nominated for the Irene Ryan Award and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Arts with the American College Theatre Festival and graduated with a degree in Bilingual Theatre. After College he joined El Teatro de la Esperanza in Santa Barbara, California; a seminal member of the nascent Chicano Theatre Movement and for three years, performed, wrote, directed and toured the U.S, and Mexico. While there he taught Chicano Theatre at University of California at Santa Barbara.
After moving to Los Angeles Mr. Araiza worked with the Los Angeles Free Public Theatre and was a member of the Acting company at the Los Angeles Actors Theater (LAAT) where he performed inMACBETH, John Guare’s WOMEN AND WATER (original cast), The WHITE CROW: Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Donald Freed; later worked as member of the acting company at the LOS ANGELES THEATRECENTER, shows there included KING LEAR, TUMBLEWEED and LA VICTIMA.
In 1986 he moved to New York and spend the next several years working in Regional as well as downtown Avante Garde theatre. In 1992 He joined the SITI Company. J.Ed is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Actor’s Equity, AFTRA, AGVMA and the Writer’s Guild. A bilingual Chicano, he was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.