ACTing Up 2021

The Argenta Community Theater is pleased to announce our 9th annual Children’s Theater Summer Camp! The summer of 2021 will feature TWO sessions of ACTing Up to allow for smaller classes, spacing and other covid safety implementations.

Session One: June 7-18

Session Two: July 12-23

The curriculum for each session is identical. In the interest of saving space for as many participants as possible, please do not register your child for both sessions at this time.

Each day has 4  periods for each grade level in Theatre Movement/Dance, Acting, Music and Film.

Program Cost: $250

Need based scholarships are available. For more information, please email Laura Grimes. 

Register Here

Virtual Spring Mini Sessions: Youth Classes

Jump in to these 4 week virtual workshops to polish up your performing arts skills and connect with caring instructors and fellow art-loving kids! With classes available in dance, musical theatre, college prep and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Class Descriptions and Registration

Virtual Spring Mini Sessions: Adult Classes

Select from a series of 4-6 week classes for the adult performer. Whether you want to learn more about character development, on camera and self-tape auditions, improv or musical theatre and dance, you’ll find a fun and informative outlet for your creative energy with us.

Class Descriptions and Registration

Our Faculty

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.

Ben Grimes

Second ACT Program Director, 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.

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. Laura currently serves as Executive Director of Argenta Community Theater.

Shelton Harden

Shelton Harden brings a long and varied background of music and theater to his teaching. He is currently on the Arkansas Arts Council’s Artist In Education Artist Roster. Since relocating to Little Rock from South Arkansas a few short years ago, Harden has taught classes and workshops in theater and music for Argenta Community Theater, Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater, Arkansas Department of Education and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Before moving to Little Rock, he taught classes and directed children’s theater at South Arkansas Arts Center (El Dorado), UAFS Academy of the Arts (Fort Smith), the Arkansas chapter of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), and the Arkansas Music Educators Association (ArkMEA). Harden is a longtime student of improv (improvisational theater) and loves bringing this skill to his classes in both theater and music.

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.

Mike Noland

Acting Instructor

Mike is a graduate of Arkansas State University where he received his BFA in Theatre. He worked in feature films, commercial production and theatre in New York City and has been teaching Speech and Drama in North Little Rock for more than thirty years. He has directed countless plays and musicals and has published three plays that have been performed around the country. He has also written and performed short stories for the internationally syndicated radio show “Tales from the South”.

Christen Pitts

ACTing Up Program Director, Dance Instructor

Christen is the Founder/Director of the North Little Rock High School Dance Program and Dance Troupe. 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 25 years. She received the 2012 Governor’s Arts Council Award.