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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.

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 not they’re someone I’d like to hang out with.  (more…)

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays from Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre! We have a new logo, a new website, and a line-up of shows that are certain to thrill and delight you. With Othello, As You Like It, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Tortoise and the Hare, there will be something to tempt every theater-goer next summer.  As the end of the year approaches, please include AST in your charitable gift-giving. We are a non-profit organization that relies on your kinds for the good work that we do. Your tax-deductible donation will make all the difference!

As you may have heard, we are moving As You Like It outdoors to the Hendrix Village greenspace, a locale befitting this Shakepearean comedy set in the forest of Arden. Directed by Andrew Hamm, who brought you the uproarious Comedy of Errors last season, this will be a must-see, must-do event!

We’ve been busy socializing and drawing attention to our one-of-a-kind professional company in the last few months. Many new folks did in fact ‘Join the Shakespeare Party’ in November, an event that featured live music and performances, and just last week we were honored to be a part of the stunning art-show “Seeing Red,” at the home of Brandi and Kristian Andersen, in which 10% of the proceeds directly benefitted AST.

Currently, we are prepping for February auditions and for our very first Little Rock-based fundraiser, featuring Arkansas artists paying tribute to the Bard at the Governor’s Mansion on February 11th, so please save the date on your calendar. We already have quite an impressive list of performers for this special event, so we hope you can join us.

If you have not bought a membership yet, you may do so online (very easily!) here on our new website at www.arkshakes.com (under support). One of our devoted donors has told me that he will match every financial contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, so your generous contribution would be immediately doubled! In order to provide you quality entertainment and educational opportunities, we must have your support. And, of course, thanks to all of you who have already shown AST financial support this year.

I have so enjoyed your company and have appreciated your words of encouragement this year. I am giddy with excitement about what AST will bring to you in 2011!


Mary Ruth

Auditions for the 2011 summer festival are currently full.
Internship opportunities are still available.

Auditions will be held for all actors on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA in Conway for roles in the AST 2011 Summer Festival.  Actors will be seen from 9am-8pm on the 5th and are asked to email chiorim@lemoyne.edu after January 3 to schedule their appointment. All applicants need to please read THIS FORM before scheduling their audition.  All positions offered by AST are paying positions, subject to negotiation.  All actors are encouraged bring a headshot/resume and to view our website at www.arkshakes.com for more information prior to scheduling their interview.

AST’s fifth-annual season will feature a repertory of 4 shows: “Othello”, “As You Like It”, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  Actors may be cast in one or two (but not three) productions.  The first rehearsal will be May 23rd, rehearsing 6 days a week.  The Festival has performances running June 16th-July 2.  Child and young adult actors will be encouraged to audition for the Childrens Choir in Joseph at a later date, TBA.

Actors auditioning for AST are asked to prepare 1 monologue (of any genre or type) and 16 bars of a song from any musical (song required only if interested in auditioning for “Joseph.”).  An accompanist will be provided, but the actor must bring their own sheet music.  The length of the audition may not exceed 3 minutes.  If called-back for an acting, singing, or dance call, the actor will be seen within the next 90 minutes and then released. Actors called-back for “Joseph” may be asked to dance, so please bring the proper attire.  Actors auditioning should please factor this callback into their schedule, and plan on being at the Reynolds Performance Hall for no more than 2 hours. Actors should please bring a current headshot/resume.

The AST Festival is also seeking hard-working, qualified applicants to work in a number of technical capacities, including: stage management, assistant stage management, costume/wardrobe crew, set construction, sound, and lights.  Production Interns will be paid a flat fee for their 7 weeks of work.  Free housing will be offered on campus for those requiring it.  Internships are open for currently-enrolled or recently-graduated college students.

Interviews for production internships will be held from 11am-1pm on Sat. Feb. 5th at the Reynolds Performance Hall and will last no more than 10 minutes and are available on a drop-in basis during that time, with no appointment necessary.  Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and/or portfolio of their work.  Production internship applicants are also welcome to audition for acting roles.

Auditions for the 2011 summer festival are currently full.
Internship opportunities are still available.

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