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STAFF + COMPANY PROFILES

ARTISTIC STAFF PROFILES

 


Katie Campbell (Interim Artistic 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. 

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.

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.

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!

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) Frank is a Little Rock native. He studied theater art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and was
employed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for twenty years. He served as Assistant Technical Director with that organization for
the past ten years. He is excited to begin a new chapter as a member of the AAC.

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.

 
 

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