Michael Arden is a Tony-nominated director for his revivals of Spring Awakening and Once On This Island. He won the Ovation and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Spring Awakening. Once on this Island recently earned him the Tony Award for Best Revival and is currently playing at Circle in the Square. He directed the Los Angeles premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride by, My Fair Lady at the Bay Street Theater, and won an NAACP Award for his production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where he served as Artist in Residence. This year he will helm a new Geffen Theater production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Tony winner Jefferson Mays.
As an actor, Michael has appeared on Broadway in The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Big River, as well as in numerous films and television shows, most notably Anger Management, Bride Wars, and Source Code. He also created the role of Quasimodo for the American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Michael Arden is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School.