Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a theatre artist, writer, producer and teacher on occupied Coast Salish Territories with a background in community theatre. She is the Youth Program Manager at the Cultch, supporting and facilitating artistic mentorships for artists 13-26 and producing the IGNITE! Youth Arts Festival. She has also spent years as a grassroots climate justice organizer in Vancouver and in frontline camps around BC working to stop extractive industry and support Indigenous sovereignty. Her own practice often explores her complex relationship to the land and identity as the granddaughter of Jewish refugees.
Recent work includes Safe: The Jewish Vault at HIVE, part of Magnetic North Festival; Assistant Director for The Full Light of Day with Electric Company Theatre; Shelter, a show for one audience member at a time about climate grief; Time Machine, with Radix Theatre, a show on a yacht about our post-climate apocalypse future together; and Hysteria, a multi award winning original comedy about consent and technology. Ariel is the recipient of the 2017 Mayor's Arts Award for emerging community artist.