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, Minnesota 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, S.C., and in1986, he received the National Governor’s Association Excellence in the Arts award. He has directed numerous plays at the AACCT.
Keith Smith (Playwright/Associate Director) began his career with the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre in the fall of1980 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 1980s. Over the past 20 years, Keith has written more than 75 plays for the Children’s Theatre and has directed many dozens more. Some of his favorite past works include The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci, The Mad Science Fair, King Arthur and the Magic Sword and The Time Machine.
Drew Posey (Technical Director) received a BA degree from Arkansas State University in 2008 after spending a season as Technical Director at The Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro, AR. 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.
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. In addition to acting, Mark helps with set 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 Rep.
Nikki Webster (Assistant Costume Designer) is in her fourth season with the AACCT costume shop. She is so thankful for the opportunity to design The Princess and the Pea and had a blast doing it! Other design credits include Bunnicula, A Christmas Carol, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! and The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Nikki has also designed for the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and for UALR Opera. Thank you for supporting us in helping children’s imaginations grow!
Erin Larkin (Costume Designer) is the resident costume designer at the AACCT. This is her eighth season at the Children’sTheatre. She earned her degree from the University of Memphis in fine art, but has since crossed over into theatrical design. A few of her favorite AACCT design credits include Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella and A Yearwith Frog and Toad. She has also had the opportunity to design locally for opera and film, as well as in indie fashion and textiles. She gives many thanks to the great team in the costume shop for all their hard work towards making each production shine.
Penelope Poppers (Lighting Designer) is excited to be completing a 6th season at The Children’s Theatre; it’s been a fun ride so far! Penelope is a Little Rock native and is glad to call Little Rock and The Arkansas Arts Center home. Special thanks to Nugget, Jeremy and now Ginger, who always appear happy when she comes home. Penelope’s ready to sit on the pile of mattresses when no one is looking, to see if what she has always known is true.
Miranda Young (Properties Master/Scenic Designer) started at the AAC Children’s Theatre as a child actor and is excited to return for her sixth season as properties master and designer. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and received a BFA in printmaking and painting. She also works as a children’s instructor and printmaking instructor for the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center. Miranda has also designed the sets for several Children’s Theatre productions including Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, The Giant and the Beanstalk and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.
Rivka Kuperman (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be starting her first 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. She is a company member of the local improv group ImprovLittleRock! and is a founding member of the Vagabond Theatre Company. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and enthusiasm, especially Dad.
Sarah Gasser (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining AACCT for the season! Previously she has worked with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, A.R.T, Reagel Music Theater, Dorset Theater Festival, Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theater, the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, and Boston’s Moonbox Productions. Sarah would like to thank her absolutely amazing parents for their support.
Kenneth Barron (Company Actor) is thrilled to be back at the AAC’s Children’s Theatre for his first year-long season. Last year he worked as the theatre’s Tour Manager for all three tour shows and was excited to travel around the state of Arkansas taking in the sights and entertaining kids all over. Though, this was not his first year in Little Rock. He also worked with the AAC as an intern in 2011 during his junior year at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia (his hometown). Before coming to Arkansas Kenneth worked at the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in Virginia for five consecutive seasons and spent a year in Charlotte, North Carolina, to work in film and photography. However, he is always happy to return to Little Rock to work with great actors here and bring the great plays the Children’s Theatre produces to the kids of Arkansas.
Katie Campbell (Company Actor/Director) is delighted to return for her sixth season at the AACCT after spending two years away pursuing a master’s degree. She is originally from North Carolina but for the past six years has found an artistic home in Little Rock as a company actor, director and teaching artist with the AACCT; improviser with The Joint Venture and ImprovLittleRock; actor, director, and teaching artist for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; and co-founder and co-director of the youth improv comedy Armadillo Rodeo. Some of her favorite roles include Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac, Head Priestess of Delphi in Hercules, Meg March in Little Women, Barbara in Night of the Living Dead, and Mouse in If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If You Take a Mouse to School, and Merry Christmas Mouse!. Katie has an MFA in Theatre for Youth from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a BA in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is an alumni of the North Carolina School for the Arts. She would like to thank her Arkansas family for welcoming her back home!
Aleigha Garstka (Company Actor) is more than happy to return to the AACCT for a fourth season! She received her BFA in acting from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She recently appeared as Scapino in Pinocchio. Favorite roles include Pierre the Troll in The Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff and Blue Dog in Go, Dog. Go!.
John Isner (Company Actor/Director) is originally from Richmond, VA, but found his artistic home with the AACCT and staff many seasons ago. After graduating from Ferrum College and Bretton Hall Academy of Performance Arts in Yorkshire, England, John worked for many theatre companies throughout the United States. John’s directing credits include The Boxcar Children, The Secret Garden, and Ramona Quimby. Some of John’s more recent performances include Grandfather Cockroach in Three Blind Mice, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Jeremy Matthey (Company Actor) is pleased as punch to be returning for another season at the AACCT. You may have seen him here as Wolf in Three Little Pig and Three Billy Goats Gruff as well as Prince Perry in The Princess and the Pea. Other credits include: Oliver!, Dan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Producers with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Huck in Lily and the Appleseed and Andy in Art To Go with Wildwood Park for the Arts, Henrik in A Little Night Music with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra/Arkansas Rep, Jean Prouvaire/Marius u/s in Les Misérables, Hello, Dolly! and Orin in Children of a Lesser God with the Arkansas Rep. Favorite roles include Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Action in West Side Story.
Nate Plummer (Company Actor) is excited to be joining the Children’s Theatre this season! He is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Theatre program with an emphasis in Theatre for Youth. Some of his favorite performance credits include: Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Snail / Large & Terrible Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad. Nate is also a proud former Tour Actor / Director for the Missoula Children’s Theatre and he would like to thank his family – both onstage and off – for all their love and support!