Our Board and Staff
Keith Harper (Interim President)
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.
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.
Adrienne Thompson (Treasurer)
Adrienne Thompson, a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, is a teacher, visual artist, and founding member of Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company. "Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in June of 1997, I thought black people were the majority as a child. I was surrounded with black individuals. I mean, individuals! So, when I, just before my high school years, moved to the predominately white town of Conway, Arkansas, I was completely out of my element. I had to find myself and reidentify who I was. Making art helped me do that. I could no longer be just another black girl in the sea of strong-willed, black people that was my hometown and family. I stood out and was questioned about my blackness. All the anxiety and emotion that came with learning and defining who I am presented itself in my art."
As an artist, I tend to choose to emphasize expression over concept, form over ideal. My work mainly consists of the human form in vivid form, in various poses and expressions while remaining conscious and purposely inclusive. All colors and forms deserve equal attention. I don’t feel the need to say much about my work. I prefer, now, to let my work speak for itself. The skill and concept will be there. There’s no need to spell it out for my audi
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.
Dr. Whit Barringer (Secretary)
Rev. Denise Donnell (Board Member)