ANNOUNCEMENT: 2011 AST Summer Festival Cast & Crew

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.  By the day of our Conway auditions, we’d received over 200 submissions for acting and production positions and narrowed it down to what we hope will be one of the strongest companies we’ve yet had.  Our interns come to us this year from Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Missouri, and Kentucky.  Our actors come from NYC to California and everywhere in between.  Many new faces will grace the stage this year for us, as for the first time, we start performing shows outside of the Reynolds and take “As You Like It” from Hendrix Village to North Little Rock.  These new faces will join some of our AST stalwarts: Chris Crawford, Josh Rice, Paige Reynolds, and Dan Matisa, who we just can’t seem to get rid of.  For the first time, 3 of our 4 directors are returning to us from favorite shows of previous seasons.  The majority of our designers and production staff are veterans of past seasons of AST whose time and talents have made this festival everything it is today.

All in all we hope that we’ve created yet another outstanding ensemble of onstage and offstage talent of the calibre and quality that our patrons have come to expect.  Our audience drives to Conway from all over the state for this annual festival, and deserves the very best artists and artisans that we can muster.  Come to Conway this summer and share what we are confident will be a summer to remember at the AST.  We couldn’t be here without you, and can’t wait to share with you the end-result of our long, nationwide talent search.

Othello Cast and Crew

As You Like it Cast and Crew

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Cast and Crew

The Tortoise and the Hare Cast and Crew

AST Production Staff