After practicing law for five years, Mr. Arkin decided to return to his first passion, his acting career. Since that time he has met with considerable success, appearing on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in regional theaters from New York to California. He has appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, Losing Louis at the Biltmore Theater, and he made his Broadway debut as Lucas in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a role he continued on national tour. He has been a Drama Desk nominee, and a Drama League Honoree. One of the many roles he has originated was Gabe in Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends. He continues to work extensively on stage, as well as in film and television, and he is a published novelist. Learn more at his website at www.matthewarkin.com.
Mr. Arkin majored in English and Government at Wesleyan University, graduating with honors in 1982. He received his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1985, where he was active on the Moot Court Board, representing Fordham in national competition, and receiving special recognition for his skill in oral argument. Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986, he has argued before all levels of the New York State Courts, including the Court of Appeals in Albany, and has appeared in Federal Court as well.
Mr. Arkin is also an accomplished acting teacher, serving as Director of the Acting Intensive program at the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory, and as an Associate Faculty Member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.