Maeli Goren is an artist, educator, and administrator dedicated to creating theater experiences for those whom traditional theater excludes. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa from Princeton University in 2015. Her two thesis projects, writing an original play for young audiences inspired by the novel Iracema and directing the first production of a play for young audiences to occur at Princeton, The Magic Rainforest by José Cruz González, received the highest awards and distinctions offered by the departments of Theater and Comparative Literature. As an administrator, she served as the Communications Director at Princeton Summer Theater 2013, where she oversaw all community outreach efforts, press, and donor relations, managed marketing and media, and designed and taught weekly children’s workshops in puppet theater, playwriting, and mask. She returned to PST in 2015 to direct Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and co-author the original play The Legendary True Story of Sparrow Jones and the Jersey Devil with Brad Wilson. Most recently, Maeli taught 7th and 8th grade English and English as a Second Language in a public middle school in Providence, RI, where she also worked closely with young playwrights at Manton Avenue Project and played Juliet in Trinity Repertory Company’s first mobile bilingual production, Romeo and Juliet. She is thrilled to return to 16th Street, where she interned with Ann Filmer in 2012 and assisted her on the production of Nickel History: The Nation of Heat.