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Stafford Arima ( is a Canadian-born theatre director. Arima studied at York Universitymarker in Torontomarker where he was the recipient of the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Creative Work.

Arima directed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, which received the 2005 Best Musical Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Musical. Music and lyrics are by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, and book is by Kevin Del Aguila. Arima directed the West End premiere of the Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens musical Ragtime, which was recognized in 2004 with eight Olivier Award nominations including Best Director and Best Musical.

Additional credits include: Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Tin Pan Alley Rag at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York Citymarker;The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea (San Diego Rep.); Esther Demsack (Summer Play Festival, The Public Theatermarker); Bowfire (PBS television special/world tour); Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (San Francisco Symphony); Ace (The Old Globe, CA); The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day concert, New York City); A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim (Boston Pops); Paul Scott Goodman's Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhousemarker); 2009 Tisch Gala (New York City); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicalsmarker); Chef’s Theater (The Supper Club, New York City); Rags - In Concert (Nokia Theatre Times Squaremarker, New York City); Christopher Hampton’s Total Eclipse (TSP Studio Theatre, Toronto); and Children's Letters to God (Off Broadway).

Arima recently directed a developmental reading of the Broadway musical, Carrie (book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford), and is in development with two new musicals: A Separate Peace based on the John Knowles’ novel (book by Warren Leight, score by Todd Almond), Somewhere in Time based on the film and novel (book by Richard Matheson and score by Leslie Arden).

Arima also served as associate director for the Broadwaymarker productions of A Class Act and Seussical.

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