Argenta Community Theater Instructors

Angela Collier

Homeschool Education Liaison, Vocal Music Instructor

Angela Collier resides in North Little Rock with her family (Daniel, Lucy, Will, and Piper the Dog). She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University where she graduated cum laude. Angela has been honored to work as a teaching artist, director and actor in various theaters across the United States – including Missoula Children’s Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Wildwood Park. Angela is a member of the Arkansas Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster, which allows her to share the arts with communities across Arkansas. A lot of this work has been with Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council and Arts Integration Services. She also owns and operates her own voice studio, AKCollier Studio, LLC. Learn more about Angela at www.akcollierstudio.com.

Ben Grimes

Acting Instructor
Ben has over 25 years of experience in theatre as an actor and director. He has performed professionally in New York and Chicago, as well as in multiple regional and touring productions. Ben received his training from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He has also just completed his first year at the Clinton School of Public Service where he is developing a theater that highlights and addresses common veteran issues and struggles.

Brian Earles

Dance Instructor
Brian Earles majored in Theater Arts and Minored in Dance at Hendrix College ’18. He has been teaching Jazz since 2019, and has worked with the Arkansas Academy of Dance, Shuffles and Ballet 2, and most recently, the Southern Bells Dance Company. He has also taught a Workshop to students and Henderson State University and OBU. Choreography credits include Memphis and The Wizard oF Oz at the Argenta Community Theater, Kinky Boots at The Studio Theater of Little Rock, as well as several pieces for the Hendrix Dance Ensemble- Like Father Like Son, Right to Bear Regrets, and Mouring Breaks. In addition to musical theater, Brian has choreographed for contestants competing in estemed paagent sysytems such as Miss Gay America, Miss Continetal Plus, and Miss Black Universe. He has been seen onstage in Chicago (Aaron, US Mary Sunshine), and Guys and Dolls (MS/Ensemble) with The Arkansas Repertory Theater, as well as Roger (Rump) with Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, West Side Story (Toro) and Guys and Dolls (Drunk/ Ensemble) with the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Kinky Boots (Lola) at the Studio Theater of Little Rock, as well as Memphis (Gator), Sweet Charity (Daddy), Chorus Line (Greg) and La Cage Aux Follies (Phaedra) with the Argenta Community Theater, Sweeney Todd (Anthony) with the Hendrix Players, and The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter) with the Lantern Theater. Brian has also been seen in Arkansas Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker (Arabian, Rat King, Mother Ginger), Sleeping Beauty (Puss n’ Boots), and Princess and The Frog (Shadowman). Brian’s repertoire also includes Film work such as Righteous Indignation and Transatlantic Caper and has been seen in The Charlotte Black Film Festival and The Las Vegas Film Festival. Volunteer credits also include the CARTI Festival of Fashion, and as an instructor/performer with the National Tumor Foundation’s Dancing with Our Stars Benefit.

Bridget Davis

ACT Director of Education
Bridget Davis is a Little Rock native who is so excited to share her love for performing arts with young artists in Central Arkansas! She began performing at the age 9 and was hooked. At the age of 17, she discovered a love for arts education when she decided to make her senior year independent study project a Middle School Musical. Bridget received her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. During her time at OCU, she served as a mentor for prospective students auditioning for the program, as well as a leader for OCU’s Summer Music Programs. Post graduation, Bridget spent some time in NYC, then went out on the National Tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since moving back to her hometown, she has worked actively as a performer & educator. As an arts educator, she has worked for The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Little Rock Christian Academy, Arkansas State Thespian Festival, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, and teaches a handful of private voice lessons. Some of her favorite Little Rock performing credits include: Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Sophie (Mamma Mia), Dyanne (Million Dollar Quartet), Sandy (Grease). “As someone who grew up as a young artist in Central Arkansas, to someone who has spent the past year really diving into the young artists driving our community today – I can confidently say ACT II is ready and committed to providing the educational programming that our kids so desperately need and deserve. These young artists are our future, and I can’t wait to see what they do!”

Caelon Colbert

Musical Theatre Instructor
Caelon Colbert is a native Little Rock actor, singer, and director. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Arkansas State University last year. Also, he is a student of Lindsey Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver’s Actor Therapy. He has a passion for enlivening youth in the arts and advocating for marginalized groups, consent based practices, and intimacy training in the classroom, rehearsal spaces, and stage.

Christen Pitts

ACT Board Director of Education, Dance Instructor
Christen is the Founder/Director of the North Little Rock High School Dance Program and Dance Troupe where she has taught since 1996. She is an Arts in Education Teaching Artist for the Arkansas Arts Council. Christen is the 2019 recipient of the inaugural ACT Award for Excellence in Arts Education. In 2012, she received the Governor’s Arts in Education Award from the Arkansas Arts Council and was named the Arkansas Communication Theatre Arts Association Teacher of the Year. She holds her MEd from UALR and a BA in Drama/Dance Performance from the University of Arkansas. She has been a professional choreographer, performer, and teacher for over 30 years.

John Broadwater

Musical Theatre Instructor

Born and raised in Little Rock, John Broadwater grew up in the arts community and is elated to be able to share their talents with burgeoning artists! John studied Musical Theatre at the University of Tulsa and Acting for Film and Television at Westminster University in London, England. They’ve spent a couple summers as part of the education team at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and some of their favorite productions they’ve been involved in are Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show, and Speech and Debate!

Karen Q. Clark

Vocal Music Instructor
Karen holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She even studied voice with Marni Nixon, the voice behind Audrey Hepburn in the film “My Fair Lady”. She currently teaches music at Episcopal Collegiate School where she has been honored with the Outstanding Lower School Faculty Award.

Laura Grimes

Acting Instructor
Laura has more than 25 years of experience as an actor, director and designer for theater and film. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College and completed the physical theatre program at the Accademia Del’Arte in Arezzo, Italy and the Professional Actor Training Program at Sanford Meisner’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. She has performed and directed in New York, Europe, and regionally.

Moriah Patterson

Musical Theatre Dance Instructor
Moriah is so excited to begin working with the amazing space and organization that is ACT II! She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with degrees in music theatre and theatre education. She has been teaching dance technique classes professionally for twelve years and has been choreographing for groups and soloists for almost fifteen. She currently serves as the resident choreographer for Wildwood Park for the Arts and Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. She has also enjoyed choreographing musicals and movements for The Studio Theatre, The Weekend Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Bryant High School, Pulaski Academy, and here at Argenta Community Theatre. Moriah also performs in central Arkansas and was recently seen as Nancy in Oliver at Wildwood, and Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes at Murry’s. Moriah has a special passion for facilitating those “A-HA!” moments for dancers of all ages and skills and can’t wait to encourage more of them here.

Quinn Gasaway

Improv/Scene Study Instructor
Quinn is an actor, teacher and musician born and raised in Little Rock. He started acting as a child, landing his first big role in the Coen Brothers’ film O’ Brother Where Art Thou when he was nine. He went on to get a degree in acting before spending years in Chicago and Los Angeles working professionally in theatre, film, and TV. More recently, you might have seen him in the 2019 Sundance film To the Stars or on stage at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse or the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Aside from the acting, he’s a singer songwriter whose work has been featured in a variety of projects. He has been teaching both acting and guitar for several years, and it brings him endless joy to share his crafts with others. In his free time, you might find him playing Dungeons & Dragons or ultimate frisbee, but never at the same time. Well, almost never.

Warren McCullough

Film Instructor
Warren spent his early career in Los Angeles where he starred in national TV commercials such as Jaguar, Bud Light, Zicam, Natural Light and Goodyear. He has worked with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Molly Sims and Steve Carell and has acted in over 21 films and dozens of plays.