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Randall Arney


Randall Arney was the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf from 1987-1995, during which time he established the current Steppenwolf space at 1650 N Halsted and oversaw the Broadway transfers of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (1990 Tony Award, Best Play). His other Steppenwolf directing credits include The Seafarer, I Just Stopped by to See the Man, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Death and the Maiden, Curse of the Starving Class, Bang, A Walk in the Woods, Killers and The Geography of Luck. Arney also directed the world premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf, as well as the subsequent Los Angeles (Westwood Playhouse, Drama-Logue Critic’s Award), Off-Broadway, San Francisco, Washington D. C. and Tokyo productions. Randall’s acting credits with Steppenwolf include Born Yesterday, Ghost in the Machine, The Homecoming, Frank’s Wild Years, You Can’t Take it with You, Fool for Love, True West, Balm in Gilead and Coyote Ugly.

Mr. Arney has an MFA degree in Acting from Illinois State University and has taught acting and directing at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago and Illinois State University. He has also held master classes and workshops at Steppenwolf, around the U. S. and in Tokyo.

Randall is currently the Artistic Director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

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Credits & Awards


Mystery, Alaska; The Out of Towners; Chain Reaction.


Geffen Playhouse: Artistic Director; Director: All My Sons; Take Me Out; I Just Stopped By To See The Man, God's Man in Texas, The Weir.


Normal (HBO); Legalese (TNT); Weapons of Mass Distraction (HBO).

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Randall Arney

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