Share This

         

STAFF + COMPANY PROFILES

ARTISTIC STAFF PROFILES

 


Bradley D. Anderson (Artistic Director) has served as the Artistic Director for the AACCT since 1979. Before coming to the Children’s Theatre, Mr. Anderson served as the founding director of the County Stearns Theatrical Company in St. Cloud, MN, and was the Director of Studio Theatre of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. In 1985, Mr. Anderson and the Children’s Theatre participated in the renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and in 1986, he received the National Governor’s Association Excellence in the Arts award. He has directed numerous plays at the AACCT. 

Courtney Bennett (Guest Artist)

Katie Campbell (Associate Director) is a director, performer, and puppet artist. She is originally from North Carolina but since 2007 has found an artistic home in Little Rock with the Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theatre and as an improvisor with ImprovLittleRock and The Joint Venture. She is also the co-founder and coach of the youth improv comedy troupe, Armadillo Rodeo. She was the recipient of the 2017 Puppeteers of America Jim Henson Award for Innovation and her devised and directed shadow puppet play, The Ugly Duckling, received a 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant. Additionally, she is a board member of TYA/USA, a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural impact of theatre for young audiences. Other shows directed at the Arts Center include, Goosebumps, Fancy Nancy, School House Rock, Live!, Cat in the Hat, Go, Dog. Go!, and Miss Nelson has a Field Day.   Katie has an MFA in directing Theatre for Young People from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in theatre arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Paige Carpenter (Company Actor) is returning to the Children’s Theater Company after holding the title of Master Carpenter in the scene shop last season. Past roles here include Mother in Fancy Nancy, Dina in School House Rock, Live!, the Prioress of Kirkless in The Legend of Robin Hood, and the 13th Fairy in Sleeping Beauty among others. She has also appeared locally as June in Smoke on the Mountain and Nurse MacIntosh in The Sunshine Boys at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and has numerous community credits such as Nancy in Oliver, Mrs. Anna in The King and I, and Lady Macbeth. Paige has participated in some capacity, behind the scenes and/or on stage, in almost every show at the Children’s Theater since 2013. She thanks you for your appreciation and support of the arts.

Jared Thomas Kneip Gibson (Company Actor) holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of West Florida, and this is his second season with the company.  He recently finished his third summer working with Tecumseh! Outdoor Historical Drama in Chillicothe, Ohio and also spent some time touring the east coast with Bright Star Touring Children’s Theater in the fall of 2016.  Past performances include Horn in the West, Seussical!, Floyd Collins, Oklahoma, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Titus Andronicus.  He was previously seen on stage here at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre as Principal / Ricardo in Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Peter in The Snowy Day, Brian in Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium and Duck in Giggle, Giggle, Quack.  Jared has been performing since the seventh grade and is thankful for his family and friends’ support which has allowed him to get this far. L&R

Nikki Gray (Costume Designer) Nikki is in her eighth season with the AACCT and is so thankful to have a job doing what she loves. Design credits include Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Mother Goose Christmas, and Peter Rabbit.  Nikki has also designed for the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, and the UALR Opera. She is thrilled to work in a place that inspires children to imagine, play, and create!

Mark Hansen (Artist in Residence) is a company member at the AACCT. You may have seen him with one less leg as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, as Huckle Cat in Busytown or as the Boss of the School in Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. In addition to acting, Mark helps with set and prop construction. Some of his favorite roles have been Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad, the Emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes and Slim in Of Mice and Men. Mark graduated high school from Little Rock Central and college from UALR. Mark has also received training at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Samantha Harrington (Guest Artist) is a native of Little Rock and is excited to be returning to the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre this season. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Oklahoma City University and has performed professionally for theatres such as the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Allana/Ariel US in The Little Mermaid, Ensemble/Jovie US in Elf: the Musical), the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (Viola/Choreographer in Twelfth Night, Anybody's in Westside Story), the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre (Junie B. Jones in Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Jo in Little Women), and also at Shake on the Lake in Upstate New York (Miranda/Trinculo/Sebastian in The Tempest, Viola/Choreographer in Twelfth Night). She is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and is also a certified yoga teacher (500 RYT) and is the co-founder of Yoga in the Rock.

John Isner (Associate Director) is a familiar face at the Children's Theatre. He is an Associate Director as well as part of the acting company. John is originally from Richmond, VA, where he studied Theatre Arts at Ferrum College and then later at Bretton Hall Academy of Performance Arts at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. John has made his artistic home with AAC Children's Theatre, with which he has collaborated for several years. You may have seen John in The Elves and the Shoemaker, Frankenstein, which he also served as director, and most recently performing the roles of Farmer Brown and Brother Bob Brown in Giggle, Giggle, Quack!. Some of John's directing credits include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Peter Rabbit. In addition, John will be directing Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook in the spring. John is also the Artistic Director of The Summer Theatre Academy. When not working, John enjoys trout fishing, golf and is a true college football fan.

Stephen Jones (Company Actor) is thrilled to be starting his third season with the Children's Theatre. You might have seen him on stage last season as Handsome Warren in Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, or perhaps on tour as the Tin Man in Dorothy in Oz, but most of the time he's up in the sound booth running the microphones.

Sara Koons (House Manger) a Northwest Arkansas native, grew up in Fayetteville concentrating working at the private school Fayetteville Montessori. Later in life she completed a English Teaching Course in Florence Italy in 2016. Prior to that she lived abroad in Berlin, Germany for a year studying the German language and learning the culture of the city. Where ever she is at she seeks out fashion, music and art. Currently, you can find her splitting her time between Miss Selma’s Schools and working at the Art Center as House Manager.


Rivka Kuperman (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be managing her sixth season at the AACCT. Rivka grew up in Little Rock and spent most of her childhood at the AACCT. She received her BA in theatre from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and her masters in education administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015. She is a company member of the local improv troupe ImprovLittleRock! and would like to thank her family and friends for their support and enthusiasm, especially Dad.

Erin Larkin (Costume Designer) is the resident costume designer at the AACCT. This is her fifteenth season at the Children’s Theatre. She is an artist who has worked in sculpture, textiles, fashion, historic paint restoration, and for many years now, costuming for theatre. Hailing from the artist enclave of Hot Springs, Arkansas, she is so pleased to be able to contribute to the theatrical community of central Arkansas. She received her B.F.A. in fine art at the University of Memphis. The Children's Theatre is home, and the crew and company here are family. Many thanks go to all the hands that make each show come to life!
 
Anthony McBride (Company Actor) is so excited to be involved with such a wonderful company! You may have seen him on the AACCT stage as one of the Three Blind Mice in Mother Goose Christmas, Zeke in Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, or Rooster in Giggle, Giggle Quack. You may have also seen Anthony in the AACCT’s touring productions of Humpty Dumpty and Dorothy in Oz. Other favorite productions include Doody in Grease, Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, Bad Idea Bear/Ricky/Ensemble in Avenue Q, and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. Anthony is very grateful to be given the opportunity to work with such a talented group of artists and cannot wait for many more opportunities to come!

Liz McMath (Stage Manager) first joined the Children’s Theatre in 2001 as a tour actor in Sleeping Beauty.  Since then, she has performed on the main stage, taught classes, made costumes, and stage managed.  Some of her favorite productions include The Ransom of Red Chief (Red), Animal Farm (Stage Manager), Busytown (Costume Mistress), The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats (Stage Manager) and Stone Soup (Stage Manager/Nonna Understudy).  This is her 11th season with the AACCT.  She received her bachelor’s degree in speech, theatre, and mass communications from the University of Central Arkansas.

Frank Mott (Technical Director)

Brandon Nichols (Guest Artist) is so thrilled to be returning to AACCT! Last season, you may have caught him as Corey in Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium or Donny in Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Other local credits include Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Ted in Bonnie & Clyde, Monsiour Darque in Beauty and the Beast among a few others. He would like to extend his love and thanks to all at the AACCT and to his family and friends for their continuous love and support!

Bethany Post (Company Actor) has toured all across the country both teaching and performing for kids. She has played many characters during this time, including Pinocchio's Mrs. Gepetto with the Missoula Children’s Theatre and Sparky the Electrical Safety Bug with the National Theatre for Children. Her favorite role performed comes from Menotti's opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, where she starred as Amahl (yes, this character is a little boy!). You may have seen her on stage last season as a sassy chicken or Mother Goose! She would like to thank her parents, brother, hamster, and dog for their endless support and love.

Keith Smith (Associate Director) joined the AACCT in the fall of 1980 as a member of its acting company. He later turned his attentions to playwriting and directing, becoming the theatre’s Associate Director in the late ‘80s. Over the past 30 years Keith has written more than 100 plays for the Children’s Theatre and has directed many dozens more.

Mike Stacks (Lighting Designer) began working in theatre while in college, performing onstage and working as a technician behind the scenes. Following college he took work in lighting, eventually making that his full-time pursuit. Mike started with the Arkansas Repertory in 1999 and continued to work there until 2015. During summers and breaks from The Rep Mike did tour work and acted as an installations technician repairing and installing rigging and lighting throughout the state and region. Mike is very happy to be joining the full-time staff of the AAC Children's Theatre, finally giving him a chance to stretch his creative wings.

Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

© Copyright 2018 Arkansas Arts Center.
All rights reserved. All text and images are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written permission from their respective owners.