Stafford Arima is an international, award-winning theatre director who has worked for over 20 years in the entertainment industry. He was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for his direction of the musical Ragtime, in the West End; and in 2015, Arima made history when he became the first Asian-Canadian to direct a musical on Broadway - Allegiance.
He is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary in Canada. Theatre Calgary recently celebrated its 50th anniversary making it one of the most recognizable cultural institutions in Canada. Arima's current mission is to inspire and provoke audiences through ambitious programming created to ignite, local, national and international engagement.
Selected work includes: Altar Boyz (received the Best Musical Outer Critics Circle Award, was nominated for a Drama Desk as Outstanding Musical, and ran over 2,000 performances Off-Broadway), Carrie (Off-Broadway revival; nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and an Outer Critics nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical; MCC Theater); The Secret Garden (David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center); Two Class Acts by A.R. Gurney (The Flea Theater); Red Velvet (The Old Globe); Saturday Night (The York Theatre Company, NYC); The Tin Pan Alley Rag (nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Roundabout Theatre Company); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); A Tribute to Sondheim (Boston Pops); Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse); and Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals).
Arima was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Seussical and A Class Act. He graduated from York University (Canada), where he was the recipient of the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. He serves as Artistic Advisor for Broadway Dreams, is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis, and a proud member of SDC.