Arlene Begelman’s experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and from there she went on to join his company The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor’s Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A) a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre. At S.O.P.A. she staged ballets such as Peter and the Wolf, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides and many other original ballets. At Stage II Theatre Company she directed operas and plays such as Le Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Seven Deadly Sins, The Widow’s Blind Date, Speed the Plow, and many more. She has been a Guest Artist in drama and dance for the Sherman and Kent public school systems and Director of the outreach program On the Road, with Saun Ellis. Most recently with great success Arlene directed The Guys by Anne Nelson, a play about the heros of 9/11. Her high standards, dedication, and undying love for the arts is unparalleled and reflected in her students at S.O.P.A. many of whom have gone on to professional careers in the arts.