2014 Calendar

Thank you for a great season! See you next June!


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. Opens June 5th.



Join Pippin on a musical journey of self-discovery that celebrates the magic of theatre. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival. Opens June 11th.



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. Opens June 20th.


The Comedy of Errors

A special adaptation of Shakespeare’s rip-roaring farce, perfect for kids of all ages. Opens June 24th.


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 arkshakes@gmail.com 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…)

AST will hold auditions and tech staff interviews for our 2012 summer season on Saturday, November 19, in the Snow Fine Arts Center located on the University of Central Arkansascampus in Conway, AR. Auditions will begin at 9 am and conclude at 3 pm. We will be casting actors of a variety of ages and ethnicities–all are encouraged to apply. (more…)

We are already gearing up for our 2012 summer season, and are looking for people to join us in the fun. Jeff and Mary Ruth Marotte are hosting an evening of food, drink, and merriment to support AST on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm.

We will be serving appetizers, desserts, and drinks, all with a nautical theme that goes along with our 2012 season.  If you are confused about what sailboats have to do with Shakespeare, all will become clear when we announce next summer’s line-up at the party! (more…)

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is seeking a Production Manager for our 2012 Season.  The Production Manager will oversee all aspects of physical production during the summer season, as well as help lay the groundwork for production prior to season’s start.  (more…)

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