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Arthur Whitelaw
Arthur Whitelaw

Arthur Whitelaw

Arthur Whitelaw has been producing, directing, writing and acting for the past 61 years. His productions have won every major industry award, including the Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Olivier, Evening Standard, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, etc. He has discovered many future stars, starting with his first production, Best Foot Forward, which introduced Liza Minelli and Christopher Walken to the New York Stage. Others include: Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz, Gary Burghoff, Blythe Danner, Paul Michael Glaser and Kristin Chenoweth, to name only a few. His productions have played all over the world in many languages. A sampling includes: Best Foot Forward, Cabin in the Sky, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Butterflies Are Free, Minnie’s Boys, 70, Girls, 70!, Strider, P.S. Your Cat is Dead, Snoopy!!!, The Gingerbread Lady, Sweet Sue, The Taffetas, A Taffeta Wedding and Full Circle. His television shows include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, (NBC, Emmy nomination); Celebrating Gershwin (PBS/ BBC, Emmy Winner); and for HBO, Camelot, The Rainmaker, Separate Tables, Bus Stop, Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, Sherlock Holmes, Vanities, Wait Until Dark, The Deadly Game and Groucho. His film credits include Butterflies are Free, Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn with Jodie Foster.

A few seasons ago Mr. Whitelaw acted in Full Circle (a play he wrote about his long career) and directed A Taffeta Wedding (a sequel to The Taffetas), both for the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. He has also just finished his autobiography, Working For Peanuts. Last year Mr. Whitelaw donated his vast theatre files to the Library of Congress.

His interest in and devotion to the theatre has never waned. After attending a performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Area Stage, he was reacquainted with John and Maria Rodaz, whom he had met when he first moved to Miami twenty years ago. John and Maria wanted to start up the professional arm of the Area Stage again and Mr. Whitelaw said he would help. He has directed Snoopy!!! (which he wrote with Charles Schulz). He is also writing the book for a new musical with Maria Rodaz, Letters from Camp (about the children of the Holocaust), which John Rodaz will direct. His dream is to see Maria and John’s dream of having a professional arm of the Area Stage come true. Mr. Whitelaw hopes the community will do all it can to support this. He would also like to thank his dear friend Dee Wilson Bunn for always having such faith in him.

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