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

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini
Artistic Director Matt Chiorini

It’s a great group (as always) and I’m thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of artists.  I’ve been a theatre producer for 10 years now and I’ve found that the single most important consideration in putting together a company or cast or staff or team is whether or not they’re someone I’d like to hang out with.  (more…)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Emily Beggs
Hallie Broome
Maggie Carroll
Regan Cate
Anna Caroline Gregg
Bailey Guynes
Madison Loyd
Ethan Marotte
Olivia Marotte
Simon Marotte
Lucas Massingill
Maggie McCullough
Lucia Redditt
Zoe Russell
Abby Shourd
Linley Thompson
Joey Whisenhunt
Maggie Whisenhunt


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…)

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