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



Production Manager
Joel Radatz

Company Manager
Laurel  Burnette

Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director
Geneva Galloway

CM Intern
Madison Ledbetter


12th Night Artistic Director
Rebekah Scallet

Big River Director & Choreographer
Michael Susko

Richard III Director
Robert Quinlan

The Tempest Director
Josh Rice

Music Director
Kelley Ponder

Fight Choreographer
Brett Ihler and Ashley Ihler (more…)

AST and ImprovLittleRock will join forces on May 5th to present an evening of improv based on Shakespeare’s plays, language, and styles. We’ll also be one of the first groups to perform in the new Oxford American performance space (in the newly renovated “old Juanita’s” building).


Watch our web site and Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.


For centuries, controversy has raged over whether William Shakespeare is the true author of the plays attributed to him. Was it Shakespeare himself, or some nobleman such as the Earl of Oxford, merely using Shakespeare as his front man?


Presented at Reynolds Performance Hall

Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is brought to life to the strains of the banjo, fiddle, and harmonica in this Tony Award-winning musical.  Huck escapes home and all attempts to “civilize” him by hitting the mighty Mississippi with the runaway slave Jim. (more…)

Presented at Reynolds Performance Hall

Miranda has grown up on a faraway island full of magic, alone with her father Prospero. They live in relative peace, until one day fate brings Prospero’s enemies near their shore, and he raises a furious tempest to seek his revenge. This 45-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s fantastical tale  is specifically directed for young audiences. (more…)

Presented at Reynolds Performance Hall

In this powerful and surprisingly relevant drama we meet the ambitious and crippled Richard, Duke of Gloucester. At the conclusion of the War of the Roses, Richard jealously watches as his brother is crowned King of England, and swears he will take the throne for himself. (more…)

Presented on the green at The Village at Hendrix and at Wildwood Park for the Arts

After a tragic shipwreck, Viola washes up on shore on the unknown island of Illyria. Believing her brother to be lost, she disguises herself as a boy in order to seek shelter as a servant to the Duke Orsino. (more…)

AST has just added a second round of auditions for our summer acting program–The Groundlings Company.  We will be holding auditions on Wednesday, May 2nd, at Wildwood Park for the Arts from 4 – 7 pm.   This 2-week Shakespeare intensive, taught by AST’s company of professional Actors and Teaching Artists, runs Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3 pm, June 11th – 22nd. Cost is $400.


Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announces youth auditions for our 2012 summer season.  Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate. Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 2-5 pm in the Bridges Larson Theatre of Snow Fine Arts on the campus of UCA.  No preparation is necessary, but students may be asked to sing and move, and some may be given a scene to read.  To secure a space, e-mail with the names and ages of the actors, as well as any pertinent experience they might have including singing, dancing, or past acting performances.


A reflection on 2011 from Mary Ruth Marotte…

As the year draws to a close, I write to express my gratitude to you, our loyal AST members. This past season is one that will forever remain with me, as it was a year of becoming fully acquainted with what makes this organization tick and with what it takes to sustain a professional theater. In taking on the role of Executive Director, I forged relationships with so many wonderful people in Central Arkansas, impressive people who value the arts in their community and who are now dedicated friends, willing to put in mighty long hours to see that Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre becomes a sustainable organization and a destination for tourists well beyond the limits of Conway. (more…)

Since I was a kid, I always thought of the Mississippi River as magical.  I loved imagining the explorers making their way down the mighty Mississippi and “discovering” new lands and people.  My childhood reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, coupled with visits to Mud Island in Memphis, reinforced those romantic images.


Tempest photoOver the next several weeks, I will be posting about each of the plays in our upcoming summer season.  We’ll begin with the opening production—Tweflth Night. AST’s 2012 season was put together with the theme of journey in mind.  I suppose I had that theme on the brain after having just taken a journey myself—a journey that brought me back to my home state of Arkansas after fifteen years of being away.  So it is fitting to begin my inaugural season at AST with the journey of the twins Viola and Sebastian in Twelfth Night.   (more…)
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