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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, Bradley served as the founding director of the County Stearns Theatrical Company in St. Cloud, Minn., and was the Director of Studio Theatre of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. In 1985, Bradley and the Children’s Theatre participated in the renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and in 1986, he received the National Governor’s Association Excellence in the Arts award. He has directed numerous plays at the AACCT.

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 Theater 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 the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Fancy Nancy the Musical, School House Rock, Live!, The 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.

Charles Ronald Bradford (Company Actor) is so thankful to be back at the Arts Center! You may have seen him last season as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein. Charles has been lucky enough to join the AACCT regularly over the past few years as a performer and teacher. A native of Little Rock, Charles is now based in New York City and has worked Off-Broadway in New York, on National Tours, as well as regionally at theatres such as the American Shakespeare Center, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Shake on the Lake Shakespeare, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, among others. Chad was also recently selected as a Creative Community Fellow through National Arts Strategies for his project "Voices UnCaged," which brings theatre arts into prisons. He received his MFA from Penn State. "Thank you for supporting the Arts Center! Love to Sharon and my family!"

Sharon Combs (Company Actor) is ecstatic to be back at the AACCT! Previous AACCT shows include: Sally in The Cat in the Hat and the touring productions of How The Camel Got it’s Hump and Stone Soup. Sharon has toured all over the country with three consecutive national tours of A Christmas Carol as Millie. Some other favorite theatres she's worked for include: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, Shake On The Lake, and Murry's Dinner Playhouse. She's also spent the past two summers as the Education Coordinator and Groundlings Director for Shake On the Lake in western New York, as well as for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. A native of Arkansas and a UCA alum, she now "pays rent" in New York City (no matter how little time she actually spends there). Much love and thanks to all my family, especially my supportive and loving mom, Nancy, my sister Melanie and the ultimate partner in crime, my fiancé Chad! Couldn't do it without you!

Verda Davenport (Guest Artist) 

Erin Fowler (House Manager), an Arkansas native and Hendrix College graduate, grew up at the Children's Theatre and is so pleased to return again this season to choreograph, house manage, and teach! Her favorite choreography credits here at the AACCT include Puss in Boots, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Odyssey, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Jared Thomas Kneip Gibson (Company Actor) holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of West Florida, this is his first year with the company. He recently finished his second summer working with Tecumseh! Outdoor Historical Drama in Chillicothe, Ohio. He also spent time touring the east coast with Bright Star Touring Children's Theater last fall. Past performances include Horn In The West, Seussical!, Floyd Collins, Oklahoma, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Titus Andronicus. 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) is in her eighth season with the AACCT and is so thankful to have a job doing what she loves. Design credits include Sleeping Beauty, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Princess and the Pea, Bunnicula and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!. 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 from Little Rock Central High and UALR. Mark hasalso received training at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Samantha L. Harrington (Guest Artist) is thrilled to be back at the Children's Theatre. You may have seen her in Schoolhouse Rock Live! as Shulie, amongst other shows in the spring season of 2016. Sam is a native of Little Rock and received her BFA in Acting at Oklahoma City University. She 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 (Jo in Little Women, Athena/Ensemble in The Odyssey), 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, and is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches locally in Little Rock. “So ecstatic to be back collaborating with amazing artists here at the AACCT.”

John Isner (Company Actor/Director) is originally from Richmond, Va., but found his artistic home with the AACCT and the staff many seasons ago. After graduating from Ferrum College and Bretton Hall Academy of Performance Arts in Yorkshire, England, John worked for various theatre companies throughout the United States. Some of John’s AACCT directing credits include The Odyssey, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit. John was recently seen on stage as the Miller in Rumpelstiltskin, the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit and as Little John in The Legend of Robin Hood. John was recently cast in the new HBO/Cinemax series Quarry.

Stephen Jones (Guest Artist) is thrilled to be back for another season at AACCT! After graduating from NYU in 2016, Stephen began his internship at the Children's Theatre that fall, doing a bit of everything from props to sound. He was last seen on stage in the Spring 2017 traveling around the state in the touring production of The Reluctant Dragon. When he's not at the theatre, Stephen works as a freelance writer, his work having appeared on several website and in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Rivka Kuperman (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be in her fifth 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 fourteenth 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 BFA 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! "At the center of something we call "the arts" and children call "play" is something which seems somehow alive." - Lynda Barry.

Lauren Lusk (Properties Master) is happy to return to Arkansas and the Children's Theatre; she was last here as a student of the Summer Theatre Academy 15 years ago. Since then she has earned her BA in theatre from the University of Arkansas and MFA in scenic design from Indiana University. For the last three years she has been the Resident Scenic Designer and Charge Artist for Midland Community Theatre in Midland, Texas. While at MCT she designed and painted over 30 productions including Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street which just won her the Best of Show: Excellence in Scenic Design award in the design competition at the American Association of Community Theatre's National Festival this past June. This summer she served as the first Technical Theater-focused Assistant Director of Drama for the Arkansas Governor's School, where she taught rising high school seniors about design and technical theater while creating a devised work. She is excited to be at the AACCT to continue exploring and stretching her creativity and she is so grateful to her husband Jeremy and son Teddy for their support in pursuing the things she loves..

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. This is her tenth season with the AACCT. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech, theatre, and mass communications from the University of Central Arkansas.

Drew Posey (Technical Director) received a BA from Arkansas State University in 2008 after spending a season as technical director at the Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro, Ark. From 2008–2012, Drew was the master carpenter at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre where he honed his skills as a carpenter, painter and sculptor. As an artist and an Arkansan, he is very excited to be a part of the Arkansas Arts Center. He would like to give special thanks to his parents and wife, Sheridan, who are brilliant theatre artists and have supported all of his endeavors.

Keith Smith (Playwright/Associate Director) joined the AACCT in 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 25 years Keith has written nearly 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 Theatre in 1999 and continued to work there until 2015. During summers and breaks from the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Mike did tour work and acted as an installations technician, repairing and installing rigging and lighting throughout the region. Mike is happy to be part of the full-time staff of the AAC Children’s Theatre, finally giving him a chance to stretch his creative wings.

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