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Michael Arden

Michael Arden joins us for our final On The Couch of the Season. Days before the TONY Awards, and with his third nomination for the Revival of Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, in hand, Arden continues to take Broadway by full force. Some of his previous directing credits include Deaf West Theatre’s Spring AwakeningOnce on This IslandThe PrideMerrily We Roll AlongMy Fair Lady and Annie at the Hollywood Bowl.

What do you consider to be your best asset?
My ability to bring people together and make connections between them.

What was your proudest moment?
Introducing the cast of Deaf West Spring Awakening at the first Broadway preview.

What is your favorite drink?
Gin martini. No vermouth.

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite condiment?

What is your current obsession?
My dog, Hudson.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Forming a repertory company that is constantly producing varied and exciting work.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Scrolling on my phone.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Scrolling on my phone.

What’s the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
To be wary of addictive tendencies.

What’s the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Addictive tendencies.

What in the world most thrills you?
Watching my friends shine and inspire me and those around me.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
TikTok dances.

What was the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
Completely forgetting my lines onstage at the Old Globe. I still have nightmares.

What is your favorite place in the world?

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs. Cats just endure us for the food.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
This is an impossible question. Because probably it would be something I can’t imagine.

What is your personal motto?
Life is short. Try it.