Ann Arvia is a New York city-based actress. On Broadway, she originated the role of Miss Lark in Mary Poppins and was later seen as the iconic Bird Woman. She appeared in Beauty & the Beast & in the original run of Les Miserables as Mme. Thenardier. Off- Broadway projects included the New York premiere of John Kander & Greg Pierce’s musical, Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theater & the Manhattan Theater Club production of Time and Again. She has also toured extensively across the United States with both Les Miserables & Ragtime.
Regionally, Ann appeared in Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2018/19 season in Romeo & Juliet (Nurse), Our Town (Mrs. Soames) & in The Sound of Music (her seventh Mother Abbess). The 2018 season also included the critically acclaimed Geva Theatre Center & Arizona Theater Company’s co-production of The Diary of Anne Frank as Mrs. Van Daan. She’s appeared at Arena Stage in Washington, DC (Golde in Fiddler on the Roof & received a Helen Hayes nomination for her portrayal of Nettie Fowler in Carousel ), Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam Connecticut (Marie in The Most Happy Fella and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination for Meg in Damn Yankees,) & the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia (Barrymore Award nomination for Carlotta in Phantom.)
Film credits include: Man on a Ledge, 3 Backyards (Sundance 2010) and Let It Snow (Sundance 2000). Television: City on a Hill, The Blacklist, The Affair, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Rescue Me & several Law & Order:SVU.
In her role as a mentor, Ann also is a voice teacher, working with established stars, emerging performers and mid-career actors and dancers who are seeking to improve, maintain and challenge their vocal skills. She has taught master classes across the U.S. and abroad & was a finalist in the Philadelphia Opera Company/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition once upon a time.