The Directors

Rebekah Scallet – Director Note

King Lear - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

King Lear has haunted me for a long time now, ever since I was a college junior enrolled in my “Advanced Shakespeare” class with my favorite English professor.

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WATCH: Rebekah Scallet and Nisi Sturgis on Good Morning Arkansas

KATV Interview

LISTEN: Rebekah’s interview on KUAR


This program explores what’s happening in the arts in Arkansas. It airs Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The host of The Arts Scene is Ann Nicholson.

Director’s Note: “The Tempest”


The Tempest holds a special place in my heart.  Not only because it was the very first play I did with AST back in the 2008 season, but because the very nature of the story inspires the actors and audience alike, to play. 

Director’s Note: “Richard III”


Richard III was one of the biggest crowd pleasers of its day.  A poster for one of the first performances listed the full title as The Tragedy of Richard III: Containing the Treacherous Plots Against His Brother Clarence, the Pitiful Murder of His Innocent Nephews, His Tyrannical Usurpation, with the Whole Course of His Detested

Director’s Note: “Big River”


Mark Twain first introduced The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to U.S. audiences in 1885.  I’m sure most of us have read the novel at some point (most likely in English class), and it’s no surprise that this story of friendship and adventure continues to hold up over time. 

Director’s Note: “Twelfth Night”


The first time I encountered Twelfth Night was as a college sophomore.  Home to spend my summer vacation in Little Rock, I got a “job” (unpaid student labor) as the stage manager for the Shakespeare Festival of Arkansas’s production of the comedy, presented outdoors at McArthur Park. 

Q & A with Othello director, David Alford

David Alford

Why did you want to direct Othello? Well, it’s one of the masterpieces, I think, ranked right up there with Hamlet and Macbeth. And I think it’s probably the most intimate of his plays, from a psychological perspective. The major scenes are beautifully constructed, still very accessible to a modern audience.

Interview with KUAR [AUDIO]

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini

Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte and Artistic Director Matt Chiorini appeared on Arts Scene, presented by UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and UALR Public Radio. Matt Chiorini’s interview begins at 16:05.

Thoughts from “As You Like It” Director Andrew Hamm

Andrew Hamm

As You Like It opens next Thursday, inaugurating the green at The Village at Hendrix as a theatre space and launching the 2011 Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre season. Yesterday was a day off, concluding our second week of rehearsal, and it feels like the whole show teeters on a balance point.

Thoughts from the outgoing Artistic Director

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

Auditioning essentials!

Andrew Hamm

Auditions are the most compressed, highest-stress part of the craft of acting. It comes down to two major principles:

1. Control the things you can control.
2. Completely and totally let go of the things you cannot control.

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