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The Art of Storytelling

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Will Trice considers theatre a lifelong companion. “My appreciation of performing arts was definitely inherited; my folks always had me tagging along to their rehearsals.” It’s a narrative that continues. Judy Trice, a teacher + acclaimed performer by trade, instilled an adoration – but a pragmatic perspective earned Will degrees for “more business-y jobs” as a young professional. He admits to a tenure of “more arts-y jobs” too and believes it all brought him to this chapter – the evolving legacy of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

There’s a balance between two very dynamic forces that Will considers a most interesting juxtaposition. He emphasizes how the current mood of culture tends to discount the power of live performance because streaming content is everywhere. “I think theatre is only becoming more valuable to us – as human beings and as a community.” He considers artificial intelligence and electronics obstacles to authentic connections.
“Technology can’t replicate what we do and how it makes us feel to be together for a production.” As Will reflects on the history of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, it is with reverence. “The Rep gave me my first experience of professional theatre and that impacted my entire career.” This inspiration eventually landed him in theatre production – earning three Tony Awards, which blends his business + artistic acumens. Under his leadership, the future of The Rep may still be uncertain – but Will’s unwavering commitment to the organization and art of storytelling is a beacon of hope. “The Rep is a fundamental part of what makes Little Rock special.” He notes how the symphony, museums, ballet and theatre add to the richness of the Natural State. “It’s amazing that we have so many first-rate cultural institutions here; that ecosystem has to be nurtured. It’s our collective programming, along with all the fantastic restaurants and bars, that makes this such a great city.”

As the Arkansas Repertory Theatre continues to create vibrant and engaging experiences, Will wants to be sure it also represents diversity and a compelling opportunity to explore the world. The upcoming SummerStage Season will showcase beloved classics as well as world premieres. This aligns with the organization’s vision to expand offerings and present the most thoughtful productions. “Professional artists of the highest caliber converge here to create fresh productions in a variety of genres… all specially curated to resonate with our community.” Will’s enthusiasm is palpable as he shares a preview of the first season with Artistic Director Ken-Matt Martin. “We are so lucky he is returning home at the height of an incredible career.” As Will considers the next chapter in a storied history, he recognizes a cast of talented characters that make it all possible. “Our real legacy manifests over and over again, with each show or program someone experiences; and I’m immensely proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish so far.”

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