The Rep Board of Directors has come to the difficult decision to indefinitely suspend all programming activities, including productions, events, and educational offerings; effective immediately.
In addition to the previously announced forced cancellations of all of our Spring programming, this suspension means the cancellation of our upcoming production of Bye Bye Birdie, all summer education programs, as well as the 2020-21 season that would have begun in September. Our incredible, dedicated Board will use this time to strategically plan for reopening The Rep, as conditions permit, under a sustainable business model. To that end, we are actively assessing what this suspension of our normal operations means for our staff and how to best support them during this transitional time.
We hope to resume educational programming as soon as possible, although any decisions will follow the directives of state and local officials related to public gatherings.
The mission of The Rep’s Education Department is to engage, inspire and empower Arkansas students of all ages through the involvement in theatre arts. Using our resources as a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to applying theatre as a tool to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning in Arkansas schools. Our mission is manifested through a series of new programs, including student matinees, master classes and workshops, year-round classes, summer programming, pop-up special guest artists, school residencies, and more.
CLASSES AND CAMPS
From semester courses, to day/week-long camps, to one-time special guest artist workshops, The Rep offers a wide variety of training programs to students of ALL ages. Unless otherwise noted, no auditions are required for any class/camp. Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
The Rep’s Student Matinee Program allows school children from across the state to see performances each season for as little as $8 a seat. From Mary Poppins to Macbeth, the opportunity to experience live theatre enhances students’ literary knowledge, empathy for others, and critical thinking skills. Each show is accompanied by a study guide fulfilling Arkansas Curriculum Framework Standards, and talkbacks with the cast are available after each performance.
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Our professional staff of teaching artists are available for on-site and off-site, long and short-term workshops with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and schools.