Little Rock Welcomes NEA Chairman Dr. Jane Chu for Main Street Creative Corridor Update

From left: The Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, NEA Chairman Dr. Jane Chu and Rep Board President Catherine Hughes

From left: The Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, NEA Chairman Dr. Jane Chu and Rep Board President Catherine Hughes

Today was a special day in the field of arts in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre and City of Little Rock welcomed Dr. Jane Chu, the newly elected chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, for a special update on the award-winning Main Street Creative Corridor plan.

Mayor Mark Stodola opened the presentation on The Rep stage to a large audience, highlighting the main goals of the corridor and the NEA’s integral involvement in the master arts plan on Main Street. Stephen Luoni, director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, followed with a “refresher” on the corridor’s future plans for downtown.

In 2011, the city received an NEA “Our Town” grant to support the design phase for this cultural corridor. With the construction of the first phase of this project nearly complete, Luoni looked at the continuing evolvement of Little Rock’s creative community and renewal of a central section of its downtown district.

This includes adding townscaping elements (arcades, marquees and stormwater management landscapes), in addition to creating gateways for shared spaces and building frontage systems with lighting support for a 24/7 live-and-work environment. One of the main things he emphasized was how all features will have multiple purposes.

“[It’s about] creating public space that serves as an ecological component,” Luoni said.

013Chu, who grew up in Arkadelphia and received her B.A. in music from Ouachita Baptist University, ended the presentation with remarks on the the well-developed creative corridor plans and how it shows the high value that Little Rock residents place on the arts.

“You have shown how the arts are an essential part of our lives,” she said.

Following the event, Chairman Chu toured the arts organizations that help make up the arts corridor— Ballet Arkansas and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, along with The Rep.

Thank you to Chu for visiting the epicenter of arts in Little Rock!

Check out the full plan here.

D.C. Wright Presents Stage Combat Workshop on Oct. 13

8027661055_4d4d3c0e0f_zWe all love a good fighting scene onstage and what you might not realize is how much work goes into each push, jab, punch and kick. It takes the work of a professional like D.C. Wright– a Master Instructor with Dueling Arts International and Head of Movement and Stage Combat at Western Illinois University– to create a artful (and realistic) fight without compromising the safety of the actors.

Have a chance to learn the art of combat in live theatre from Wright for a special Stage Combat Workshop on Monday, Oct. 13 at The Rep. Here is the rundown of the workshop:

5:30 p.m.  l  Sign-in, gather on 3rd Floor
6:00 p.m.  l  Workshop begins

This workshop will safely explore stage fight techniques that focus on portraying the most visual effect on stage. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Attire – loose fitting comfortable clothing for movement (no jeans or skirts); closed toe laced shoes (no sandals or flip-flops)
  • Class size limited to 25 participants
  • Most participants should be able to actively engage in the class.  There is limited space for a few participants to observe the class only.
  • Safety – very safe class if all follow the rules and guidelines of the instructor.

The class is $20 and is for ages 15 and up. Registration is required– register here!

Get more information about the class and instructor Wright here.

Submit Your Scary Story on Alice 107.7’s ‘Thriller Thursday,’ Win Tickets to Wait Until Dark


Halloween is upon us! What better way to get geared up for the scary holiday than by sharing your spookiest story on the radio?

Every Thursday in October is a “Thriller Thursday” with radio personalities Heather and Poolboy on Top 40 station Alice 107.7 FM and that means listeners can submit their favorite (and scariest!) ghost tale each Thursday throughout the month. And the best part?

Just by sharing your story, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see our upcoming thriller Wait Until Dark, taking The Rep stage from Oct. 24-Nov. 9!

Be prepared to be scared! Enter by submitting your spooky story via email or calling in to the show from 6-10 a.m. and sharing it with listeners!

Heather and Poolboy will choose their scariest story and the winner will win two tickets to see the suspenseful drama that was adapted for film in 1967 with icon Audrey Hepburn, which ranked 10th on Bravo’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments.”

Learn more about the show here and “Thriller Thursday” here.