Perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Prince Hamlet seeks to revenge his father’s death. Directed by Robert Quinlan (Richard III) and presented in an intimate on-stage setting.



Join Pippin on a musical journey of self-discovery that celebrates the magic of theatre. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival.


The Comedy of Errors

A special adaptation of Shakespeare’s rip-roaring farce, perfect for kids of all ages.


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars with Shakespeare’s tale of friends divided by love, featuring comical servants and a playful pup.


Women's Inc | April Edition | Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte
Be sure to pick up the April edition of Women’s Inc! The feature article highlights Mary Ruth’s indirect path to the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, her family, the Family Festival and Shakespeare Scurry, and the upcoming season.


The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre mobile site transforms our website into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.


Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte was awarded a Faculty Enhancement Grant by the UCA Foundation to bring in Renaissance scholar Dr. Paul Menzer to speak on opening night of AST’s production of Othello, June 25th, 2011. Dr. Menzer has worked for the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Shakespeare Center.


The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is hosting a Family Festival and Shakespeare Scurry Family 2K Fun Run.


Andrew Littleton is a Senior at Conway High School and a first year student at The Art School where he studies with Jo Claire Dodson.  Andrew's interest in drawing grew from his study of photography at CHS.  He will attend college in the fall.

Participants are encouraged to wear renaissance inspired attire to pay tribute to Shakespeare during the race but this is not required. (more…)

Director: David Alford

Assistant Director: Kahle Reardon

Othello: Derrick Parker

Iago: David Alford

Desdemona: Paige Reynolds

Emilia: Heather Dupree

Bianca: Kahle Reardon

Cassio: Chris Crawford

Roderigo: Josh Rice

Duke Senator: Adam Frank


Director: Andrew Hamm

Assistant Director: Greg Antley

Rosalind: Amy Fritsche

Orlando: David Huynh

Celia: Christa Whitlow

Phebe: Caroline Mincks

Duke Senior: Jay Ruud

Jacques/Charles: Dan Matisa

Touchstone: Josh Rice (more…)

Director/Choreographer: Dennis Courtney

Musical Director: Jason Burrow

Joseph: Chris Crawford

Narrator: Karen Q. Clark

Jacob/Potiphar/Pharoah: Dan Matisa (more…)

Producer/Director: Scott Wooten

Josh Rice

Tyler Martin

Jazmin Patino

Jordan Breckenridge

2 more interns, TBD

They came from far and wide.  They mailed, drove, flew, or took the train. They braved snow, ice, and the unpredictability of the US Postal Service. Starting in September of 2010, headshots, resumes, and portfolios started arriving from all over the country seeking employment for the 5th annual festival of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.   (more…)


Executive Director: Mary Ruth Marotte

Artistic Director: Matt Chiorini

Business Manager: Liz Parker

Production Manager: Andi Schultes

Stage Managers: Kari Wertz & Kait Stinchcomb

Company Manager: Scott Wooten


Directors: Dennis Courtney, David Alford, Andrew Hamm, Scott Wooten

Assistant Choreographer: Brigitte Brumbelow

Kids Chorus Director: Ruthann Curry Browne

Assistant Director: Greg Antley

Fight Director: Robert Dillon

Lighting Design: Ken White, Andi Schultes (more…)


Master of Ceremonies

Josh got his start with the Bard as an intern at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London back in 2002.  Josh has been a part of AST since 2008.  Favorite roles include the Dromio twins in Comedy of Errors, Trinculo in The Tempest, and Carmen Ghia in The Producers.  For the past two seasons, Josh was also the playwright/producer/director/peformer of the 3-person version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and an orginal adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.   (more…)

Bob Kuhn’s renderings for AST’s 2010 performance of Dracula can be found below. The originals will be up for auction at Bard Ball 2011: Arkansas Artists Pay Tribute to the Bard Friday, February 18th at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas. Proceeds from the event benefit Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. (more…)

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