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January 26, 2021

A 10-part podcast, "Out for Blood: The Story of Carrie the Musical" hosted by Chris Adams and Holly Morgan, dives deep into the story of "Carrie the Musical" Prepare to discover the surprising story behind the show’s creation. They meet the cast, crew and creators, sift through the mysteries and urban legends, chat to some famous super-fans, and find out how Carrie rose from the dead and reinvented itself as a mainstream musical success story. Download now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app.


January 22, 2021

The National Creation Fund announced Theatre Calgary (theatrecalgary.com) and the Arts Club as the recipients of the Fund's $150,000 investment in compelling new Canadian work. "It's been enormously gratifying to collaborate with a team of Canadian theatre practitioners on Hiro Kanagawa's adaptation of Mark Sakamoto's inspirational memoir, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents," says Forgiveness director Arima "Bringing theatrical storytelling to this true story of adversity and forgiveness will illuminate historical and human conditions, and issues that are as relevant today as they were over 70 years ago." The Fund's investment will allow the two companies to devote considerably more time to the developmental process.


January 6, 2021

Winners were announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Calgary Awards. Theatre Calgary, where Arima is currently Artistic Director, took home Theatre Company of the Decade and Best Theatre Staff.


January 5, 2021

The Musical Stage Company in association with Prime Mover Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the internationally renowned faculty for NoteWorthy 2020-21. Faculty include MICHAEL R. JACKSON, STEW, KIRSTEN CHILDS, STAFFORD ARIMA, with program mentorship by RAY HOGG and KEVIN WONG. Offered bi-annually, NoteWorthy allows composers, lyricists, and playwrights from across Canada to build foundational skills through master classes and guided collaborative writing assignments. 


November 2, 2020

Stafford Arima will direct a digital version of Charles Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol" for Theatre Calgary. This newly abridged 80-minute adaptation by Geoffrey Simon Brown will feature a cast of three playing more than 25 characters.The play will feature Stephen Hair, who returns for his 27th year as Scrooge, Marshall Vielle Natay'ao'tako, and Jamie Tognazzini. The creative team includes: Scott Reid (Production Design), Katie Klingvall (Wardrobe Coordinator), Allison Lynch (Composer and Sound Design), Haysam Kadri (Associate Director), Jenna Rodgers (Dramaturg), and Jane MacFarlane (Voice Coach). The production will be filmed by Aaron Bernakevitch and 4K Film Production. The production will be available for audiences to watch at home starting December 11. Access to the digital production can be purchased at theatrecalgary.com.


September 21, 2020

The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada will host an "Industry Session Series" featuring internationally renowned theatre-makers. Arima will lead a session, "The Biz of the Show" on the business side of theatre, from developing and directing new musicals, to working in the US and the UK as a Canadian artist, and running one of Canada's largest regionals. Arima shares experiences from a career spanning over 20 years and hundreds of rehearsal halls and venues, focusing on creating new work and supporting theatrical productions in all stages of development.


July 23, 2020

On August 8th, P.A. TOKYO will host a live, virtual premiere of a cross-continental musical collaboration entitled, "WeSongCycle." Writers from Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom come together through Zoom to write a musical based on the theme, heroism, directed by Makiko Shibuya. The writers will be guided by Broadway advisors: Rob Rokicki, Telly Leung, Mariko Kojima, and Stafford Arima. 


March 14, 2020

"I have faith that the time will come when we will all breathe a collective sigh of comfort, when we will all be able to return to that magical space we call a theatre, and we will once again celebrate in the comedy and tragedy of how truly connected we are." (Stafford Arima)


February 18, 2020

Stafford Arima will direct a production of "Allegiance" in Tokyo next year. The musical, produced by Horipro Stage will be making its international premiere, which tells the story of Japanese Americans facing internment during World War II. 


December 18, 2019

A concert version of the Tony-nominated musical "Ragtime" will be presented April 27, 2020, at the Minskoff Theatre to benefit The Actors Fund. The evening will feature original cast members, including Audra McDonald and two-time Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, with additional casting to be announced. Stafford Arima will direct with music supervision by David Loud. The conductor is James Moore. The concert will be dedicated to the late Marin Mazzie, who received one of her three Tony nominations for her portrayal of Mother in the original 1998 production.


March 13, 2019

Stafford Arima announces his second season at Theatre Calgary. Highlights include a brand new musical entitled, "The Louder We Get" (directed by Lonny Price), and a brand new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (adapted by Geoffrey Simon Brown, and directed by Arima).


March 12, 2019

Rehearsals commence for Theatre Calgary's production of "Billy Elliot" which begins previews on April 9th.


October 16, 2018

Previews begin for "Mary and Max - A New Musical" (Book by Crystal Skillman, Music and Lyrics by Bobby Cronin) at Theatre Calgary


February 27, 2018

Stafford Arima announces the titles of his first season  as Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary.


November 15, 2017

Theatre Calgary has announced the cast for "The Secret Garden," which will close out Theatre Calgary's 50th Anniversary season. To be directed by Arima, "The Secret Garden" will feature some notable names in Canadian musical theatre, along with a large number of Calgary artists: Laura Brandt, Matthew Bruce, Lucian-River Mirage Chauhan, Matt Chittick, Dave Comeau, Eric Craig, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Tory Doctor, Susan Gilmour, Jillian Hannah, Greer Hunt, Allison Lynch, Doug McKeag, Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan, Trisha Talreja, Brent Thiessen, Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, and Eric Wigston. "The Secret Garden" will run at Theatre Calgary from April 17 - May 19, 2018, in the Arts Commons Max Bell Theatre. www.theatrecalgary.com


October 9, 2017

Rehearsals commence for "The New World" (music by Gary Adler, lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz, and book by Regina DeCicco and L.F. Turner) with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music direction by Paul Masse. Cast includes: Ann Harada, Julius Thomas III, Jillian Gottlieb, Clyde Alves, Jennifer Perry, Tyler Maynard, Eddie Cooper, Ann Sanders, Ginna Levine, Rod Singleton, Kiet Cao, Danny Bevins, Yael Rizowy, Adena Ershow, Annelise Cepero, and Brandon Weber. The creative team for "The New World" is: Anna Louizos (Set), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), Jennifer Caprio (Costumes), Joshua D. Reid (Sound), Danny Troob (Orchestrations), Jenn Rapp (Associate Director), and Shiloh Goodin (Associate Choreographer). "The New World" is produced by Robyn Goodman, Alex Fraser, Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler at Bucks County Playhouse


April 24, 2017

"Tiananmen" (music by Drew Fornarola and book by Scott Elmegreen) heads into a 29-hour reading featuring: Zachary Noah Piser, Elena Wang, Karl Josef Co., Julia Abueva, Grace Choi, Marcus Choi, Katie Lee Hill, Kendyl Ito, Austin Ku, Kenneth Lee & Toren Nakamura. 


January 11, 2017

Stafford Arima will direct the San Diego premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's play Red Velvet at The Old Globe. Red Velvet follows the controversy that erupts when American actor, Ira Aldridge becomes the first black man to play the title role in Shakespeare's play, Othello. Casting and creative team to be announced. Previews begin in March.


January 3, 2017

The new musical Mary & Max starring Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney, Kyle Scatliffe and Lauren Elder will have a private presentation in New York City on January 9. Directed by Stafford Arima and written by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman, Mary & Max is adapted from the claymation feature film by Academy Award-winning writer/animator, Adam Elliot. 


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