Our Board and Staff:
Matt Patton (President)
In a professional theatrical career spanning four decades, Matt has, at various times, been an actor, a director, a stage manager, a master electrician, a box office manager, a carpenter, a stitcher, and an office worker, and he has been known to run a fly rail with a hangover. The only theater job he has never been paid to do is design, and he has done that at the amateur level. In the world of public radio, Matt produced and hosted classical programming at KLRE for eight years, and he briefly produced and anchored the weekend morning news at KUAR.
Adam Frank (Producing Artistic Director)
Adam Frank is a graduate of the University of Arizona Department of Theatre (BA, 1984) and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Anthropology (PhD, 2003). A 35-year SAG-AFTRA member, he is a frequent performer with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and has worked regionally with companies such as Mabou Mines, Theatricum Botanicum, the Gaslight Theatre, and the Tucson Art Theatre. Film and television credits include roles in Revenge of the Nerds, ABC’s Young Riders, the Dennis Hopper series Flatland, and the prizewinning short A Wheel and the Moon. Professional voice work includes dubbing more than a hundred films, animations, and television shows in Hong Kong in the 1980s, as well as recorded narration for the Grace H. Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson. He is the founding artisitc director Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company and Professor of Anthropology and Performance Studies in the Schedler Honors College, University of Central Arkansas.
Andrew Vaught (Board Member)
Andrew Vaught is the Hendrix Murphy Visiting Fellow in Theatre Arts at Hendrix College. He grew up in Covington, Louisiana, where he learned how to make theatre in a barn with a tin roof. And wasp nests. He was the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Cripple Creek Theatre Company, an anarcho-syndicalist performance troupe in New Orleans. He writes plays about monster truck drivers and unwise explorers and believes firmly in inanimate objects speaking their piece on the stage. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. He is grateful to the Yarn for building such a vibrant and welcoming community.
Dr. Carla (C.C.) Carter (Board Member)
Dr. Carla (C.C.) Carter is an educator, performer, and writer. Her first collection of poetry, Body Language, was nominated for a 2003 Lambda Literary Award. She is the winner of a host of poetry slams, including the Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition and the First Annual Behind Our Masks Poetry Slam. Dr. Carter is a regularly featured artist on Olivia Travel Vacations and at women’s music festivals around the country. She founded POW-WOW, Inc. (Performers or Writers for Women on Women’s Issues), a weekly spoken-word venue in Chicago that lasted for 10 years, and has received numerous honors, including being inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (in 2002 for her cultural work), again with the African-American LGBTQ Performance Ensemble A Real Read (2006), and yet again for POW-WOW, Inc. (2013). Dr. Carter was one of six international recipients to be dubbed by Eve Ensler with the esteemed title of “Vagina Warrior” for her work in creating a safe space for women artists who are survivors of violence. She has an M.A. in creative writing from Queens College, and earned her Ph.D. in Christian education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She is currently a consultant at Philander Smith College in Arkansas, working as program coordinator of Religious Life and Campus Culture, as well as teaching drama and theater as an adjunct.
Sapphira Kelsey Lam (Treasurer)
Sapphira Kelsey Lam is a lifelong creative thinker and artist dedicated to social justice expressions and transformations. Her artistic disciplines have included visual arts, creative writing, dance, and songwriting. She also creates by building and strengthening social change organizations, most notably through her five-year tenure as Executive Director of El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center where she built holistic support for Central Arkansas immigrants. Previously, she worked with community-centered sustainable agriculture projects serving as an Americorps member in the rural Ozarks as well as working internationally supporting indigenous rights in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is currently a mother and master's student of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Steven Jones (Board Member)
Steven is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He moved to New Jersey in 2000 and lived in the greater NYC metro area for 11 years. In 2014 he moved to Little Rock to be near family. Having worked in theatre, radio, and television since the 90s, he also holds degrees in Theatre from Oklahoma State (Acting, ‘97) and Montclair State (Production/Sound Design, ‘10), and Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon (‘13). He currently works for the Arkansas Department of the Military as a civilian and runs a computer lab program for the Army National Guard throughout the state. If you're really interested or extremely bored, here's Steven's Portfolio.
Michael Harmon, Esq. (Board Member)
Dr. Whit Barringer (Secretary)
Rev. Denise Donnell (Board Member)