Director Katherine Campbell to Lead AST’s Summer Youth Program

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is proud to announce that Katherine Campbell will be directing The Groundlings Company, AST’s pre-professional training program for students ages 8-14, this summer. She will also be directing this season’s performances of The Comedy of Errors.


Katherine is an actor, director, and teaching artist.  She is originally from North Carolina, but for six years she has found an artistic home in Little Rock as a company member with the Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theater (AACCT), an improviser with ImprovLittleRock and The Joint Venture, and an actor/director for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

Prior to attending graduate school, Katherine was co-founder and assistant director of Armadillo Rodeo, a youth improv comedy company.  In her time at the AACCT, she has served as a teaching artist for the Jr. Arts Academy and the Summer Theatre Academy, teaching classes in acting, voice and diction, pantomime, movement for actors, stage make-up, puppetry, directing, and playmaking.

Katherine also taught various acting classes for students ages 6-18 as a drama instructor with the AAC Museum School. She has taught for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Summer Programs as the co-director of ensemble-building workshops, as a facilitator of character workshops for PRF Productions in Pennsylvania, and as instructor of playscript analysis at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Theatre for youth directing credits include The Ransom of Red Chief and Merry Christmas, Mouse! (co-directed/co-written, world premiere) and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland (co-directed) at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; Her Majesty’s Favour and Commedia at PRF Productions, Noodle Doodle Box at THTR 232, The Giver and The Ugly Duckling at The North Carolina Theatre for Young People.

In May, Katherine graduates with an MFA in directing theatre for youth from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she studied classical and experimental theatre techniques, theatre for youth performance, and theatre arts education.  She is also an alumna of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied acting with Tonya Belov, voice with Mary Irwin, and movement/mask work with Robert Francesconni and Mollie Murry. Katherine is delighted to be returning to AST and her Arkansas family.

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