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


The Comedy of Errors

"...A great success!... A packed-house audience was delighted by the twists and turns of this tale of mistaken identity." —The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute



"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


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” cast and crew list


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“King Lear” cast and crew list

King Lear

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Matthew Peoples

Matthew Peoples (Costume Designer, Much Ado) is in his third season at AST as a designer, having previously costumed Big River (2012) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2011).

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“Much Ado About Nothing” cast and crew list

Much Ado About Nothing - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

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Kristine Holtvedt

Kristine Holtvedt - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Kristine Holtvedt (Director, Much Ado) has acted and directed at Circle Repertory Company’s LAB in New York, N.Y., Indiana Repertory Theatre, Princeton Rep, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Levin Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre, The St. Nicholas Theatre and Actors Repertory Company.

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Philip Orazio

Philip Orazio (Edmund, Lear; Claudio, Much Ado) is pleased to be joining Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre for the first time. Philip is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, receiving his MFA in Acting. Last summer, he worked at the TSF as part of the acting company. Prior to living in Texas, Philip lived in

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Brennan Foster

Brennan Foster - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Brennan Foster (Don John, Much Ado; Mr. Sowerberry, Oliver!) hails from Albuquerque, N.M., where he recently appeared in Venus in Fur at the Aux Dog Theater (directed by Kristine Holtvedt) and had a featured role in the final season of Breaking Bad. He also is a director and founder of the Dark Matters Film Festival.

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Henson Keys

Henson Keys as King Lear.

Henson Keys (Leonato, Much Ado; King Lear, Lear) is pleased to be spending his first season with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

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Chris Fritzges

Chris Fritzges - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Chris Fritzges (Don Pedro, Much Ado; Cornwall, Lear) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his BA from Bethany College and his MFA in Drama from the University of Arkansas.

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Heather Dupree

Heather Dupree as Marie - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

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Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas - Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

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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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