Jim Henson Grant Awarded to Children’s Theatre Director

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Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell, Company Actor/Director at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, has received a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to produce The Ugly Duckling, a reimagining of the classic fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The $3,000 grant will provide funds for the production of original music for the play, which will have its world premiere at the Children’s Theatre as part of the 2015 – 2016 season.

After seeing a collection of paper cuttings done by Hans Christian Andersen while telling his stories, Katie was inspired to tell the story of the personal transformation of a young girl through shadow puppetry. The Ugly Duckling is done entirely in shadow with two overhead projectors, three actor/puppeteers, and more than sixty puppets. The show has already been on tour with The North Carolina Theatre for Young People and as part of the Theatre for Young People series at the Shake on the Lake festival in upstate New York.

The project was created as a thesis production in 2013. Katie has an MFA in Theatre for Youth with an emphasis on Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is acting as producer and fiscal sponsor for the grant.

The Ugly Duckling

Created and directed by
Katie Campbell

Music by
Jessica Drake Mosher

Performance Dates
August 28 – 30, September 4 – 6
Fridays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Location 
Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

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