Michael Arden made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in the 2003 Roundabout and Deaf West revival of Big River. He also starred opposite John Hill in the 2004 off-Broadway show Bare, a Pop Opera. Arden directed Deaf West Theatre’s acclaimed Broadway revival of Spring Awakening in 2015, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
Arden directed the first Broadway revival of the musical Once on This Island, which began previews on November 9, 2017 and opened on December 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran until January 6, 2019. The acclaimed revival, noted for its gender fluid casting and inspired staging, has been nominated for 7 Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Awards, including a second Best Director Tony nomination for Arden.