Stafford Arima was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award as Best Director for his West End production of RAGTIME. His production of ALTAR BOYZ received the 2005 Best Off-Broadway Musical Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Musical.
Other works include: CARRIE (MCC Theatre, Off-Broadway); ALLEGIANCE (The Old Globe, San Diego - nominated for 6 Craig Noel Awards including Outstanding Direction of a Musical); BARE (New World Stages, Off-Broadway); JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Roundabout Theatre Company); THE SECRET GARDEN (World AIDS Day concert, New York City); CANDIDE (San Francisco Symphony); ACE (The Old Globe, CA, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis – winner of the 2006 Kevin Klein Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical); A TRIBUTE TO SONDHEIM (Boston Pops); BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (Prince Music Theater, PA); GUYS AND DOLLS (Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ); ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed Musicals); MARRY ME A LITTLE (Cincinnati Playhouse); BOWFIRE (PBS television special/World Tour); TOTAL ECLIPSE (Toronto, Canada).
Arima also served as associate director for the Broadway productions of A CLASS ACT and SEUSSICAL. He is a Guest Director for the BROADWAY DREAMS FOUNDATION, and was chosen as the 2013 Granada Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis. He studied at York University in Toronto where he was the recipient of the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Creative Work.
Stafford Arima is a proud member of SDC (Society for Directors and Choreographers).