Stafford Arima
Stafford Arima is the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary ( in Canada. In 2015, he became the first Asian Canadian to direct a musical on Broadway when Allegiance opened at the Longacre Theatre, starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. Additional credits include Ragtime (West End, Olivier Award nomination), Altar Boyz (original production, Off-Broadway), Carrie (MCC Theater, Off-Broadway)The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout Theatre Company), Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Festival), The Secret Garden (TOHO Productions, Tokyo), Two Class Acts (The Flea Theater, Off-Broadway)The New World (Bucks County Playhouse, PA), Red Velvet (The Old Globe), and Mary and Max – A New MusicalA Christmas Carol, and Billy Elliot (Theatre Calgary). He is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. He also serves on the faculty of Broadway Dreams (, and is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis.
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