Arden has performed, directed and produced on both coasts and a few states in between. She has raised two children in Los Angeles, and taught in LAUSD for the past 17 years. She and her husband Charlie Mount have made a partnership in the arts for over 30 years.
Arden's current project is directing the award winning documentary film, Leveling Lincoln - a Civil Rights story of elementary school integration - NOW ON THE PBS APP https://www.pbs.org/video/leveling-lincoln-wmrarj/ (See www.levelinglincoln.com for more information) In 2022, Leveling Lincoln took home 9 Festival Awards and now will be available on PBS and InfoBase Educational programming. Arden's short films have been screened at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival and the Shorts Off Festival in London among others. She has earned several awards for playwriting, including the Lillian Nesburn/Julie Harris award for playwriting (1995) for her play, Grandma Good . She has been published twice by Heineman Press in Scenes For Women By Women and More Monologues By Women. She and husband, actor-director-writer-magician, Charles Mount, are members of Theatre West. Her play Baby Dreams was produced on a grant from Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department at Theatre West in 1994 and her play Little Rhonda has had productions in New York City, at Theatre Geo in Los Angeles, and had the honor of being included in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater’s archival collection of new plays of 1995. Her plays for children include, The Movie Star's New Clothes, Once Upon a Time Out!, The Girl Who Cried, Martian! and It's Elementary School, Watson!, which she co-wrote with her husband, Charlie Mount.
In New York, she appeared Off Broadway in Joe Pintaro's Wild Blue and was a member of New Voice Theatre, Drama Project, and Madison Avenue Theatre Projects. Her regional theatre credits include, Jennifer in Paint Your Wagon at the La Mirada Civic Theatre, Inherit the Wind under the guidance of Jerome Lawrence at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, two full seasons of lead contracts at Surflight Summer Theatre in New Jersey as well as tours of Barnum and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In Los Angeles, Arden has appeared as Nancy in Theatre West's Chestnuts Production of Edward Albee's Seascape, Doug Haverty’s Come Baby Cradle and All, and the late Sherwood Schwartz’s Rockers.
Her current theatrical home is Theater West in Hollywood, where she has performed, produced, and served as Artistic Moderator and Writers Moderator for their acting and writing workshops for over 20 years. She recently directed their world premiere production of The Night Forlorn, or Waiting on Godsford by Steve Nevil, winner of the 2018 Valley Theatre "Best Play" Award, for which she was also nominated as "Best Director".
NEXT UP: Directing Walking in Space, a new play by Garry Michael Kluger opening at Theatre West September 8, 2023. Also in development of her own play, CASSAT, the story of Mary Cassatt the Impressionist painter and printmaker.