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All Quotes by author - Michael Arden
" A lot of times, comedy writers will go for the gay joke, and I've been vocal about saying, 'Go for the smart joke.' "
" As someone who lives with an animal, I think it's important to learn how to responsibly care for souls who don't have their own voice. They can't advocate for themselves. "
" At its core, 'Spring Awakening' is about the perils of miscommunication and what happens when people are denied a voice. "
" At the end of the day, we need to realize that segregation is not the human condition at its best. Which isn't to say we need to all be the same. It simply means we need to embrace each other's differences to help tell our stories together. "
" Before working with Deaf West, I had never met a deaf person, and now I can't imagine life without ASL. "
" Every decision you make has a consequence. "
" Growing up as a gay boy in West Texas, I definitely felt like a bit of an outcast sometimes - that there was a world that I would never be a part of. "
" Haiti is a proud nation, rich in heritage and spirituality. How they have been able to not only survive but thrive is a testament to how the Haitian people have come together to rebuild, create new families, and care for one another. "
" Helping to open up the conversation about inclusion and diversity in casting has been a dream come true. "
" I created my family with the people I met in the theater and escaped in the stories I told and the characters I got a chance to play. It's just always felt like home. "
" I found that the same things I loved about performing were the things I liked about directing and creating a piece - striking a chord that was in tune with the world and was reflecting back what I saw, just from a different angle. "
" If you've never heard a piece of Mozart, then Mozart could sound scary or confusing, so it's all about learning. "
" I had a sort of rocky upbringing, and I think the theater was a safe place for me. "
" I had taken a directing class in high school. Looking back on it now, I think it was all heading that way. "
" I love Disney. "
" I'm interested in people's relationship to objects, so I think a lot of my work is very tactile. "
" I often think about what love can inspire in the world, not just in the eyes of the object of your affection. "
" I read 'Huffington Post' as if I am a shareholder. "
" I really enjoy 'The Beauty Is' from 'Light in the Piazza.' "
" I refuse to go onstage without looking into the eyes and touching everyone I'm working with... we're all in it together, and everyone's an equal part when we're onstage. "
" I remember sitting at home in West Texas listening to my 'Songs for a New World' CD over and over. "
" I tend to ask more questions than I should as an actor. "
" I think all my favorite directors have acted. They understand how an actor thinks. "
" I think Rafael Nadal is pretty spectacular. I have a feeling he might be part animal. "
" It's exciting to share an art form that I would never have imagined sharing with the deaf community. Doing musicals, it's not like, 'Oh, I'll do a musical with a deaf person.' "
" It's my goal to help actors achieve their best work, and I think I speak the same language as actors, so I understand how they do it, and I just love being able to create the playground in which they build their beautiful sandcastle. "
" I've played gay, and I've played straight... I'm proud to be a gay man myself, and I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to play a variety of different gay men. "
" I want to create an environment that actors can be really free in. "
" I was lucky enough to make my Broadway debut in 'Big River.' "
" I would love to create a piece of theater that is devised by a company of actors and creators that I'd put together, and I'd love for it to be nonverbal so it's something that someone with any communication ability can enjoy. "
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