Bard Ball 2015: The Taming of the Brew

Come out for big-tasting beers, a catered buffet, live and silent auctions, and a musical sneak peek at the 2015 season.


The 2015 Season



The Two Gentlemen of Verona

"Every member of the cast is extraordinary...brings out the best in one of Shakespeare's earliest plays." —The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette



"I was...completely blown away....I have read Shakespeare most of my life but nothing compares to seeing it acted on the stage." —Sharon K., audience member of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre 2014 season



"...amazing performance. The show was perfectly cast and simply outstanding! Bravo!"--Michelle C., 2014 AST Audience Member

Brendan Marshall-Rashid and Jordy Neill in TWO GENTS.

Brendan Marshall-Rashid and Jordy Neill in TWO GENTS.

This year, AST’s amazing group of dramaturgs has put together interviews with the four directors of this summer’s four productions.

Click here to check out this fascinating interview with Jeremy Williams, director of this summer’s Pippin.  Hear all about his inspiration for his magical, fantastical production.

And here is one with Rebekah Scallet, Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and director fo this summer’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  She speaks about the diffciulties of directing this seldom-produced Shakespearean gem.

Check back for interviews with the directors of Hamlet and Comedy of Errors-coming soon.

Tickets are available now for all summer productions. Now through June 29–don’t miss AST’s amazing summer season.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is excited to announce that this June it will be bringing free performances of The Comedy of Errors to two of Arkansas’ favorite cultural hotspots: the Crystal Bridges Museum of Natural Art and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

PrintThis amusing comedy for the whole family will appear on Crystal Bridges’ Walker Landing from 7-8:30 p.m. on June 18. There is no admission or registration required.

The Comedy of Errors will be hosted on the front lawn of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute from 6:30-8 p.m. on June 28, with a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the cast afterwards. This event is free, but seats should be reserved by contacting Theresa Edattukaren at or (501) 727-6220. 200 chairs will be set up for the performance, but there will also be room for blankets to be spread out on the lawn.

The Institute’s River Rock Grill will open for dinner at 4 p.m. Audience members are welcome to bring food and beverages, but alcohol or cooking devices are prohibited.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is proud to announce that Katherine Campbell will be directing The Groundlings Company, AST’s pre-professional training program for students ages 8-14, this summer. She will also be directing this season’s performances of The Comedy of Errors.


Katherine is an actor, director, and teaching artist.  She is originally from North Carolina, but for six years she has found an artistic home in Little Rock as a company member with the Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theater (AACCT), an improviser with ImprovLittleRock and The Joint Venture, and an actor/director for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

Prior to attending graduate school, Katherine was co-founder and assistant director of Armadillo Rodeo, a youth improv comedy company.  In her time at the AACCT, she has served as a teaching artist for the Jr. Arts Academy and the Summer Theatre Academy, teaching classes in acting, voice and diction, pantomime, movement for actors, stage make-up, puppetry, directing, and playmaking.

Katherine also taught various acting classes for students ages 6-18 as a drama instructor with the AAC Museum School. She has taught for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Summer Programs as the co-director of ensemble-building workshops, as a facilitator of character workshops for PRF Productions in Pennsylvania, and as instructor of playscript analysis at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Theatre for youth directing credits include The Ransom of Red Chief and Merry Christmas, Mouse! (co-directed/co-written, world premiere) and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland (co-directed) at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; Her Majesty’s Favour and Commedia at PRF Productions, Noodle Doodle Box at THTR 232, The Giver and The Ugly Duckling at The North Carolina Theatre for Young People.

In May, Katherine graduates with an MFA in directing theatre for youth from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she studied classical and experimental theatre techniques, theatre for youth performance, and theatre arts education.  She is also an alumna of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied acting with Tonya Belov, voice with Mary Irwin, and movement/mask work with Robert Francesconni and Mollie Murry. Katherine is delighted to be returning to AST and her Arkansas family.

Didn’t get a chance to attend last month’s “Shakespeare in the South” event? We’ve got you covered! You can listen to Greg Brownderville, Stacey Margaret Jones and Sara Shumaker weave whimsical tales by using the audio player below or visiting the Stitcher podcast website.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is excited to invite youth of all ages to participate in auditions for the 2014 summer season. Auditions will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, in UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall.

No preparation is necessary, but participants should be ready to sing, move and read from a script. To secure an audition, email with an actor’s name, age and a description of any pertinent singing, dancing or acting experience. We will respond with an assigned audition time.

The 2014 summer season consists of the musical Pippin, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Two Gentlemen of Verona, and a special adaptation of The Comedy of Errors geared toward young audiences.

We are particularly interested in casting the role of Theo in Pippin. (Theo is the son of Catherine, Pippin’s love interest.) The actor playing this character must be a strong singer and dancer. Limited roles in other productions are also available. Rehearsals for the main stage season begin May 13, with performances beginning June 5 and lasting through June 29.

The youth auditions on March 9 will also serve as the entry process for The Groundlings Company (TGC), Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s pre-professional training program. This summer, TGC students will receive instruction in Shakespearean acting techniques, discover the secrets to stage combat and participate in daily rehearsals for Tom Stoppard’s 15-Minute Hamlet. This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic will be performed as a curtain-raiser prior to Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Argenta Arts District on June 19, 21 and 22. TGC will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays June 9-20. Tuition for the program is $400. Scholarships are available based on need.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre has once again joined the Oxford American magazine to bring you a special Shakespearean edition of “Tales from the South” at South on Main, one of Little Rock’s premier dining destinations.

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Doors open at 5 p.m.; Tales begin at 7:30 p.m.
South on Main
1304 South Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72202

If you missed the inaugural “Shakespeare in the South” event in 2012, fear not! Greg Brownderville, Stacey Margaret Jones and Sara Shumaker will be weaving whimsical tales during this year’s evening of Southern storytelling.

Tickets are required to attend the event, and the cost of admission does not cover dining. A portion of the proceeds goes toward Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 2014 summer season.

Reserved seats at a table are $15 each. Purchasing a reserved ticket online guarantees you a table. General admission tickets are $10 each. General admission seating doesn’t include a table and is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Photos from the first “Shakespeare in the South” event can be found here.


Graham Gordy takes the mic at the 2012 “Shakespeare in the South” event.


Join Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre at this year’s Bard Ball and travel back to the Big Band era for an evening of swing music, savory appetizers and a sneak peek at the upcoming theatrical season.

buttongreen2March 7th, 6:30 p.m.
Junior League Building
401 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR
Cocktail Attire

Dance the night away in the Junior League Building‘s enchanting ballroom to the sounds of Sinatra and his gang, as performed by John Willis. Bid on fabulous live- and silent-auction items while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Get a glimpse at the 2014 season when Jordan Coughtry, this summer’s Hamlet, plays original music he is composing for upcoming performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Tickets for the Bard Ball–which can be purchased here–are $75 in advance or $650 for a table of 10. Admission is $90 at the door. All proceeds from the night go toward the AST 2014 summer season.

For more information on the event, contact Liz Parker at 501-450-5092 or

Dear Friend,

Happy Holidays from Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre! Your support, kind words, and involvement made 2013 a season we will never forget. We are poised to return the favor by dazzling you in 2014 with our first-ever production of Hamlet, produced with our unique intimate on-stage seating. The comedic gem Two Gentlemen of Verona will appear outdoors at The Village at Hendrix and in the Argenta Arts District, the Broadway hit musical Pippin will dance into Reynolds Performance Hall at our home of UCA, and our adaptation of The Comedy of Errors will delight young audiences in venues all over the state, offering something to tempt every theater-goer. As the end of the year approaches, please include AST in your charitable gift-giving. We are a non-profit organization that depends on your donations for a full one-third of our budget—which means that the actors you enjoy, the costumes they wear, the sets that they stand on, and everything that you see on stage is directly funded by your generosity!

We’ve been busy drawing attention to our one-of-a-kind professional company in the last few months and will continue building towards the summer season with our Bard Ball, this year to be held on March 7th, 2014, in the Junior League Building (formerly the Women’s City Club) in Little Rock. The event will feature Jordan Coughtry, who returns this summer to star in Hamlet, previewing his original musical selections from the upcoming Two Gentlemen of Verona.

If you have not renewed your membership yet, you may do so at, or by returning the enclosed envelope with your fully tax-deductible donation. This year your donation goes twice as far—a devoted donor has agreed to match every financial contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 in order to work towards an Equity Actor Fund to ensure that we are able to bring the most skilled and talented actors in the country to work at our festival. In order to provide such quality entertainment and educational opportunities, we must have your support. And, of course, thanks to all of you who have already shown AST financial support this year. We are giddy with excitement about what AST will bring to you in 2014!


Mary Ruth Marotte

Membership Letter Final

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Paige Martin Reynolds

Paige Martin Reynolds as Regan in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of King Lear in 2013.

Paige Martin Reynolds (Regan, King Lear; Ursula, Much Ado About Nothing) is delighted to return to Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, having appeared previously as Olivia in Twelfth Night, Prospera in The Tempest, Desdemona in Othello, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. (more…)

Garrett L. Whitehead (Ensemble, King Lear and Oliver!) is a resident of Cleburne, Texas. He is honored to be making his debut at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre! (more…)

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