Arin Arbus is a director. 2022 productions include the NY debut of Denis Johnson’s DES MOINES, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE starring John Douglas Thompson for Theater for a New Audience (TFANA) and Shakespeare Theatre of DC; LA TRAVIATA for Canadian Opera Company (8 Dora Award nominations) and Houston Grand Opera.
In 2019, she made her Broadway debut directing Terrence McNally’s FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (Tony nomination for Best Revival) starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.
For a decade Arbus served as associate artistic director at TFANA — an Off-Broadway companywhose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance of Shakespeare and other great works. At TFANA she directed OTHELLO, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, MACBETH, TAMING OF THE SHREW, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, KING LEAR, WINTER'S TALE, Wilder’s THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Obie), and Strindberg’s THE FATHER and Ibsen’s A DOLL’;S HOUSE in rep.
For Houston Grand Opera she directed Britten’s RAPE OF LUCRETIA and LA TRAVIATTA, which she also directed at Chicago Lyric Opera and COC. Arbus spent several years making theatre with prisoners at a medium security prison in upstate NY in association with Rehabilitation Through the Arts. In 2018, she directed an Arabic adaptation of The Tempest, performed by refugees in a camp in Greece for Campfire Project.
She’s directed productions and taught at Yale, Juilliard, NYU Grad Acting, Columbia University and The New School. She was a Drama League Fellow, a Princess Grace Award Recipient, a Samuel H. Scripps Award Recipient, and a member of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab. www.arinarbus.com