Arkansas’s Only Professional

Shakespeare Company


Each year it produces a selection of the Bard’s plays, along with other productions, in its summer festival in Conway. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which has been featured in The New York Times, is also a major educational force in Arkansas.
This professional company brings respected and experienced Shakespearean actors to Arkansas for each season, producing vibrant, engaging, lively and provocative performances for all Arkansans.

Our Mission

To entertain, engage, and enrich the community by creating professional and accessible productions of Shakespeare and other works that promote educational opportunities, community involvement, and the highest artistic standards.

Our Staff


Shauna Meador

Managing Producer



Jamie Bray

Production Manager



Eriko Terao

Costume Shop Manager


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Paige Reynolds

Director of Dramaturgical Program

Our Board


Denise Karl, President
Senior Decision Support Architect, Acxiom

Karen Garrett, Vice-President

Partner, Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP


Mandy Meek, Secretary

Team Lead, Dillards


John Parrack, Ph.D. Treasurer
Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Central Arkansas

Board Members

Kathleen Currie

Community Volunteer & Former President

Karen Garrett, CPA

Partner, Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP


Rosi Hemphill

Property & Casualty Account Executive, The Hatcher Agency


Lenisa O’Dwyer

Speech Therapist, Pediatrics Plus


Mary Etta Qualls, CPA
Senior Vice-President, Southern Bancorp


Mary Ruth Marotte, Ph.D. (Ex-Officio)
Executive Director, AST/ Professor of English, University of Central Arkansas


Rebekah Scallet (Ex-Officio)

Producing Artistic Director, AST / Lecturer II in Theatre, University of Central Arkansas