Introducing...NYU Grad Acting Class of 2020

It's happening! Emerging from the 3 year training bubble feeling ready, expanded, strong, and excited to work. For information about our showcase and final show visit or follow us on Instagram @nyugradacting 

Can't wait to get to work!

MR. BURNS by Anne Washburn, NYU Grad Acting

By Anne Washburn
Music by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn
Directed by Scott Illingworth

February 6-11, The Atlas Theatre

In a dystopian future, the generations of the usual generators can no longer light the way; what will become of us? This edgy, darkly comic play with music urges us not to have a cow, man.

CONSENT by Nina Raine, US Premier

Continuing the NYU Grad Acting class of 2020s third year season playing Zara in the US premier of CONSENT by Nina Raine, directed by Mark Wing-Davey. It's premier production at the National Theatre in 2017 received excellent reviews and is incredible relevant in this #MeToo era. 

The plot of Consent revolves around a contentious rape case: a working-class woman, Gayle, alleges that she was raped on the night of her sister's funeral, while the accused claims that she consented. The barrister acting for the defence, Edward, and his wife, Kitty, are friends with the case's crown prosecutor, Tim.

Show dates: Wednesday, November 20--Monday, November 25.

Click link below for tickets! 


Kicking off the third and final year at NYU Grad Acting playing 'Madame' in BULRUSHER by Eisa Davis, directed by Michelle Shay. Opening this Wednesday

BULRUSHER is a coming-of-age story, set among the redwood forests of Northern California in the 1950s, in which racial and sexual identity criss-cross in moving and unexpected ways.

This production is running in NYU's Atlas Theatre from Wednesday, September 18 to Monday, September 23.

Click the link below for tickets!

2nd Year at NYU Grad Acting COMPLETE!

2nd year at NYU Grad Acting is DONE! Which means it's officially time to start coming back to the 'real world'. I will be posting updates on various productions and projects throughout this third year, here. Grateful for this time I've had in training and looking forward to sharing this final year with you and to the adventures that await beyond!


Teaser trailer for STNJ's production of MERCHANT of VENICE directed by Robert Cuccioli.  Now running through June 4! Click link below for tickets and more info.

NYU Tisch Grad Acting Class of 2020

Amaia is thrilled to share that she has been selected to be a member of NYU Tisch Graduate Acting program, Class of 2020!   Classes begin this fall and she will be making her move to NYC this summer after Merchant of Venice closes at STNJ.  The site will continue to share updates during her time at NYU. Stay tuned. Cheers!

Jessica in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Amaia is thrilled to be returning to her artistic home, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, to play Jessica in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.  The production will be directed by Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli and will begin previews May 17.


A synopsis on MERCHANT by STNJ: "A money-obsessed, patriarchal, dysfunctional society where wealth bestows power; one in which women cannot determine their own fate, and one marked by religious and racial prejudice. Sound familiar? Shakespeare's dark comedy could not be more resonant for our time. A play that offers no true villains or heroes, his Venice presents a culture as complex and troubling as our own, where the situations and questions posed ask us to examine the "quality of mercy" in myriad ways."

Broadway World Best Actress in a Play Nomination, New Jersey

Amaia has been nominated by Broadway World for Best Actress in a Play in New Jersey for her work as Virgilia in CORIOLANUS with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Click the link and vote!


Two more weeks left to catch RICHARD III at STNJ.  Check out the teaser trailer for the show and click the button below for ticket info. Cheers!

Broadway World: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents Shakespeare's Most Notorious King

"Amaia Arana, one of STNJ's burgeoning leading ladies, plays Lady Anne, the doomed bride of Richard III. Amaia was previously seen at STNJ in Coriolanus and Pericles, multiple tours of Shakespeare LIVE! and the Next Stage Ensemble in 2015. Film credits include Sara."

Previews start next week for Richard III at STNJ directed by Paul Mullins.  Running Oct 5-Nov 6.  

RICHARD III, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Amaia is headed back to STNJ as Lady Anne in Richard III, directed by Paul Mullins.  The production runs at the Shakespeare Theatre, October 5-November 6, in conjunction with the First Folio exhibit. 

CORIOLANUS, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Amaia is very excited to return to the mainstage at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as Virgilia in Brian Crowe's production of CORIOLANUS.  The production will run from July 6-July 24 at the F.M. Kirby Theatre in Madison, NJ.  See the link below more info.

Amaia Arana Acting Reel


Short Film, 'sara.', starring Amaia Arana headed to Cannes Film Festival 2016

Short film, 'sara.', starring Amaia Arana, written and directed by Andres Escobar, will be featured in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2016.  

"Amaia Arana: The Work Just Sets Me On Fire", Blog Feature by Anna Walker

Check out the blog feature on Amaia by Actor, Director, and Educator Anna Walker.   

Shakespeare LIVE!, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Amaia is so thrilled to be returning to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to perform with their Shakespeare LIVE! touring company.  She will be performing as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as Lady Montague/Page/Swing as well as serving as the Fight Captain in Romeo and Juliet.  Both shows will be performed in rep at various schools around the tri-state area over the next six months.

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