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Artistic Director Bethany Arden studied acting and directing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London, England, and with Sandra Dorsey at Dorsey Studios, Atlanta, GA. She has acted and directed professionally in Atlanta and Greenville, S.C., and is thrilled to oversee the nurture of this seedling professional theatre company in the professional theatre desert that is Northeast Arkansas.
Producer/Designer David Manos Morris is a Hollywood screenwriter and ILM special effects artist. Based in California, David nonetheless makes himself indispensible with artistic design, script work and editing, sound design and special effects, and general moral support. It's astonishing how much theatre collaboration can be done via "distance theatre" nowadays!
2012 Company Members:
Jared Adams rejoined us after his triumphant turn as Bottom/Lysander in last year's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Having spent the intervening year in L.A. studying at AMDA, he made quite an impression exercising his freshly-sharpened chops in our "Compleat Works" in June.
Kacey Johns joined us from Lyon College, where his study of Shakespeare lent a depth of understanding to his exploration of Ferdinand and Gonzalo in our August production of "The Tempest."
Kate Stillion is a founding member of Rough Magic Shakespeare Company. When she isn't teaching horseback riding or declaiming speeches from the most obscure Shakespeare plays, she is pursuing her double major of Biology and Psychology (with a minor in French) at Lyon College. Reprising her frantically funny role in the "Compleat Works," she was also swept into "The Tempest" in August.
Drew Tolson joined the company for our second show this summer. A former ASU theatre student, Drew got back on the boards--er, woodchips--in our small-cast "Tempest" in August, stunning audiences with his triple-threat talent: acting, dance, and of course, the drunken sing-along.
Stay tuned for upcoming additions to our merry band of lunatics. . .