Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state's largest non-profit, professional theatre company and the only LORT theatre within a 300-mile radius of Little Rock. The company produces a diverse body of seven mainstage productions that attract more than 70,000 patrons to its 384-seat theatre in Little Rock on over 215 nights each year. Outreach and educational programs include arts-in-education tours, student matinees, workshops, teacher training, a summer musical theater conservatory, and training for dozens of apprentices and interns during each production season. Since its founding, Arkansas Repertory Theatre has produced more than 285 productions, including 42 world premieres. Although based in Little Rock, the company serves the entire state. Its attention to the classics is a consistent definition of the company and these productions are among the best attended by the company’s audiences. From the creation of new work like It Happened in Little Rock, a docudrama about the Little Rock Nine and the desegregation of Central High School, to touring the country, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is dedicated to bringing a diverse body of work to the state of Arkansas and the region.
As part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, Arkansas Repertory Theatre presented student matinees of Henry V directed by Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp. In addition, the company provided study guides and scripts for teachers, workshops, and post-performance discussions. A total of three performances and nine educational activities benefitted more than 1,000 middle- and high-school students from 23 schools located in Arkansas.
For many students, a trip to Arkansas Repertory Theatre is their sole exposure to a live theater experience. Substantial decreases in school funding for the arts in the classroom continue, thereby necessitating increased input from community resources. Of the schools we served with this year’s program, the majority are located in school districts where over 70% of the students receive free lunch.