Ariana has been directing since she was 16 years old. Projects with the Young Shakespeare Players & The Shakespeare Circle of Madison, WI include: Othello, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, G. B. Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, Sid Caesar Comedy Workshop, G. B. Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, King Lear, King Henry IV Part I, King Henry IV Part II, and the RSC's 1980 9-hour adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby

She directed the inaugural production for Ducdame Ensemble, a revival of Lope de Vega's searing drama, Fuente Ovejuna, which garnered a "Best Bet" of the NYC Fringe and an Overall Excellence Award. 

In rehearsals for Fuente Ovejuna. 

In rehearsals for Fuente Ovejuna

In February of 2016, she adapted and directed an original production for the inaugural collaboration between Ducdame Ensemble and the International Shakespeare Center of Santa Fe. Dames of Thrones: The Women of Shakespeare's Histories, is a play showcasing the female perspective in Shakespeare's History Plays. 

In August of 2016, Ariana worked as a producer, director and actor for the inaugural repertory season of The International Shakespeare Center and Ducdame Ensemble with Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice. She directed an immersive Twelfth Night in Meow Wolf's spectacular and award-winning, House of Eternal Return, the first play to be performed in this extraordinary space. 

Ariana has also started directing short films as part of the International Shakespeare Center's 5-minute Shakespeare film project. So far she has directed the films for Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar & Henry IV, Part II.