Ariel is from Gibson Island, MD. She received a bachelor's degree in Theatre and Media Communications from BYU in 2013 while minoring in Music. While at BYU, Ariel was involved in writing and producing several plays, for which she won various awards. She interned at Center Stage in Baltimore, and worked as a dramturg for a couple of other productions on campus at BYU. All of these experiences helped her to become a recipient of the PKP Graduate Studies award. She plans on moving to New York City to attend NYU and earn a Master's degree in Theatre Writing.