About

Arkansas’s only professional Shakespeare company

Each year it produces a selection of the Bard’s plays, along with other productions, in its summer festival in Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which has been featured in the New York Times, is also a major educational force in Arkansas.
This professional company brings respected and experienced Shakespearean actors to Arkansas for each season, producing vibrant, engaging, lively and provocative performances for all Arkansans.

Our mission

To entertain, engage, and enrich the community by creating professional and accessible productions of Shakespeare and other works that promote educational opportunities, community involvement, and the highest artistic standards.

Our staff

  • MaryRuth
    Mary Ruth Marotte

    Executive Director

  • Rebekah Scallet
    Rebekah Scallet

    Producing Artistic Director

Distance from Arkansas cities

  • Little Rock – 32 mi
  • Hot Springs – 77 mi
  • Jonesboro – 129 mi
  • Fort Smith – 130 mi
  • West Memphis – 153 mi
  • Fayetteville – 160 mi

Distance from major U.S. cities

  • Dallas, TX – 342 mi
  • Atlanta, GA – 546 mi
  • Chicago, IL – 675 mi
  • Jackson, MS – 367 mi
  • Kansas City, MO – 394 mi
  • Memphis, TN – 160 mi
  • Nashville, TN – 372 mi
  • New Orleans, LA – 554 mi
  • St. Louis, MO – 428 mi
  • Wichita, KS – 420 mi




  • Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre proudly makes its home at the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Outreach

    • touring productions will reach 10‐12 schools and over 4,000 students
    • approximately 600 students participate in hands‐on workshops led by professional actors
    • 30‐40 teachers participate in workshops with the producing artistic director on how to teach Shakespeare in the classroom
 
 
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