This first-time producer from Massachusetts introduces himself as the oldest of seven children and the father of four. Following his graduation from Boston College (1973) and University of San Diego School of Law (1976), Armand has worked in private law practice in hte immigrant City of Lawrence, where all four of his grandparents had come (two from Italy, two from Syria) to work in the riverfront textile mills around the time of the historic labor strike (dubbed "Bread and Roses"). His work as a lawyer has focused on the struggles o the disenfranchised, particulaly in the area of affordable housing.
As a rookie executive producer, Armand has succeeded in producing affordable theatre in Manhattan, with PERFECT CRIME having become the longest-running play in New York theatre history, ever. Armand Armand is the first to admit that his participation in this historic accomplishment may be blessed with some beginner's luck- connecting with teammates like Warren Manzi, Jay Stone, Jeffrey Hyatt and Catherine Russell.
While Armand acknowledges the benefit of his own instincts and justment in assessing dramatic material, he gives the lion's share o the credit to the adaptability of the artistic team in making the historic run possible. With author Warren Manzi's openness to a collaborative approach with Armand about ongoing creative aspects, Armand has worked with Warren on other projects in the realms of both theatre and film. As Warren's legal counsel, Armand is equipped with various dramatic works authored by Warren to present at the right time for the right deal.
Armand makes it clear to all that he doesn't consider himself an "executive" anything. What matters is the work, and Armand remains diversified in his output of work product. Without offering a professional resume, Armand tells of his enthusiasm for community development issues, beginning with his efforts in 1980 to fight for site-control and build affordable housing in a demolished urban renewal neighborhood where he grew up, that culminated in his co-founding of the now-thriving Lawrence Community Works C.D.C. That paticular fight involved a litigation strategy and Armand admits his attraction to be embroiled in a courtroom trial from time to time, especially when issues of social justice are at stake.
Family life, coaching, teaching religious education (Catholic) and volunteering have been tough for Armand to balance with his long-distance theatre producing and his busy law practice--- but he manages to do so effectively, and finds some time for his favorite forms of relaxation: writing, playing basketball, surfing, sudoku and crosswords.