Arlene Schulman

Stage Director, Acting Coach, and Dramaturg in New York

Arlene Schulman

Stage Director, Acting Coach, and Dramaturg in New York

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"Arlene Schulman is a director of remarkable instincts, talent and dedication." - Bryan Williams, playwright

With a passion for the Art of Collaboration and a talent for thinking outside the box, I have been joyfully directing for over 30 years at theatres throughout the NYC/NJ area & beyond.

"Selected to direct HAMLET... Arlene was compassionate, exacting, understanding, and brilliant... Her hard work and intelligent approach guaranteed a highly successful performance."
- Thornton Davidson, Woodward Shakespeare Festival

As a Director and Acting Coach, my innovative organic approach to character development and relationship dynamics allows me to guide actors at all levels of expertise to powerfully motivated, energized, highly nuanced performances.

"Arlene's direction is clear and thoughtful and a joy for all collaborating with her. I'd jump at the chance to work with her again." - Jeffrey Sherman, actor

"Ms. Schulman’s experience in all aspects of theatre from performing, to dramaturgy, to directing brings a rich perspective to her coaching."
- Diana Egizi, acting student, accepted NYU theatre

"A true educator... Directing is only a small part of the whole picture when Arlene is in charge."
- Linda Vollkommer, faculty advisor SDS

As a Dramaturg, script consultant and director-in-development, I love working in partnership with playwrights to bring their work to life. My constant goal in new play development is to help the playwright create the play they want to write.

"Arlene is a skilled and decisive interpreter, insatiably curious about dialogue and structure, committed to helping the playwright fine-tune the dialogue and structure of the piece while staying true to their vision." - Rachel Rubin Ladutke, playwright

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    • Freelance Independent Stage Director