Early life and education 
Arianda was born in Manhattan, New York, to a Ukrainian family. She grew up in Clifton, New Jersey and Heidelberg, Germany. She received a Bachelors of Arts from Eugene Lang College, the NYC liberal arts college within in The New School, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in 2009.
She appeared as Vanda in the comedy-drama play Venus in Fur Off-Broadway in 2010. The play transferred to Broadway, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, in early November 2011, and she received dazzling reviews.
Awards and nominations 
For her performance in Born Yesterday, Arianda was nominated for a Drama League, Drama Desk Award,Outer Critics Circle Award, and Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. She won (in a tie) the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.
For her off-Broadway appearance in Venus in Fur, Arianda received a 2010 Theatre World Award and a 2010 Clarence Derwent Award. She also received nominations for a 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. With its run on Broadway, Arianda received her second Tony Award nomination, for Best Actress in a Play and, on June 10, 2012, received her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Vanda in Venus in Fur.
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