An accomplished singing actor, Ariela Morgenstern has gained recognition in the world of musical theater, cabaret and opera.  A native of San Francisco, she returned home in 2016 after living and working in New York for the previous nine years.

Ariela recently was in the World Premiere of the new musical A Walk On The Moon at A.C.T in San Francisco, and last year had a sold-out solo show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Before returning home she had the honor of performing the role of Diana in Next To Normal at Baltimore Center Stage, and Franca in The Light In The Piazza at Arena Stage in D.C. and Theatreworks in California. She created the featured role of Ms. Wilde in the new National Tour of Flashdance the Musical, under the helm of director and choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Upon returning to San Francisco, Ariela immediately collaborated once again with her fellow Rococo Risqué theater company members (voted Best Theater Ensemble by the SF Weekly) to create political satire/sketch comedy videos as the troupe Advantage Personal Hygiene. Whilst pregnant, and then with babe-in-arms, Ariela returned to Pocket Opera to perform in La Vie Parisienne, and starred as Mayzie in Seussical at Bay Area Musicals. 

She is a champion of new music, and was in the original Off-Broadway production of the Award-Winning musical Adding Machine, as well as performing as the soloist in Imant Raminsh’s The Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall. 

After specializing in his music for many years as a cabaret singer, she was honored to win in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s International Lotte Lenya Competition.  

Other theatrical lead credits include Signora Naccareli in The Light In The Piazza (The Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival) Jenny in The Threepenny Opera (Marvel Rep, Drama Desk-nominated, and West Bay Opera), Aldonza in Man Of La Mancha (Flat Rock Playhouse), Kate Haroney in  I Married Wyatt Earp (Prospect Theatre),  and last but certainly not least, the title role in Carmen with the Pacific Repertory and the San Francisco Lyric Opera, as well as many other operatic roles in the Bay Area.

Ariela was in the new movie Easter Mysteriesa musical feature filmed live in New York starring Broadway stars and Tony Nominees, Philip Boykin (Porgy & Bess). Wallace Smith (Les Miserables), and Erin Davies (Sideshow), and shown in selected theaters across America.


For full resume please visit my ActorsAccess page here.


Lotte Lenya Competition, 2nd Place

Union Affiliation

Actor's Equity Association