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.
Kenneth Barron (Company Actor) is ecstatic to return to the Arts Center’s stage after a year touring the country with Theatre IV of Richmond, Va. You may recognize him from his roles as Spumanti in Pinocchio and Foxxy Locky in Henny Penny and the Little Red Hen in the 2014–2015 season. Although, a native of Ferrum, Va. he’s now happy to call Little Rock home.
Katie Campbell (Company Actor/Director) is delighted to return for her eighth season at the AACCT. She is originally from North Carolina but 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 and co-founder and co-director of the youth improv comedy company Armadillo Rodeo. Katie has an MFA in directing theatre for young audiences from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in theatre arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Geoffrey Eggleston (Company Actor) likes Little Rock so much that he drove all the way back from South Dakota for his second season with the Children’s Theatre! Last year, his favorite roles included Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Joe in Schoolhouse Rock, Live! and MacDonald McGregor in The Adventures of Peter Rabbit. He has a BFA in musical theatre from Millikin University. Geoffrey also regularly performs as a stand-up comedian.
Erin Fowler (Choreographer) is excited to be back at the Children’s Theatre for a fourth season! Last season she choreographed Puss in Boots, The Gingerbread Man, The Odyssey and Schoolhouse Rock, Live!. Erin also teaches movement and acting classes at the Children’s Theatre.
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.
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. The first season is airing currently.
Rivka Kuperman (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be starting her fourth season at the AACCT. Rivka grew up in Little Rock and spent most of her childhood at the AACCT. She received a BA in theatre from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and a 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 thirteenth season at the Children’s Theatre. She earned a BA 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 Year with 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.
Jeremy Matthey (Company Actor) is pleased as punch to return for another season at the AACCT. You may have seen him here as Scott Gibson in Apollo to the Moon, Wolf in Three Little Pigs 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 Repertory Theatre, Jean Prouvaire/Marius US in Les Misérables, Hello, Dolly! and Orin in Children of a Lesser God with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles include Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Action in West Side Story.
Liz McMath (Stage Manager) is happy to be back with her Children’s Theatre family for the 2016–2017 season. She wore many hats at the AACCT during her previous eight seasons here, including actor, teacher and costume assistant. And she is proud to be donning her stage management hat once again. Liz recently returned to the United States after four years in Edinburgh, Scotland where she played her favorite supporting roles of wife and mother.
Aleigha Morton (Company Actor) is more than happy to return to the AACCT for a sixth season! She received a BFA in acting from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She recently appeared as Elizabeth in The Adventures of Peter Rabbit. Favorite roles include Pierre the Troll in The Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff and Dori in Schoolhouse Rock, Live!.
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 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 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.
Nikki Webster (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!
Jalin C. Wesley (House Manager) is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where he obtained a BFA in musical theatre. As a product of the Arts Center teachings, he is excited to be able to be back and help the wonderful magic of theatre.
Miranda Young (Properties Master) started at the AACCT as a student actor and is excited to return for her tenth season as properties master and designer. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and received a BFA in printmaking and painting. She is also a printmaking instructor for the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center. Miranda has designed the sets for several AACCT productions including Pinkalicious the Musical, The Giant and the Beanstalk and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.