JP is proud to call The Studio Theatre home. He currently serves as director (and co-creator) of the YP Second Stage (YP2S) program at Royal Theatre, a pre-professional youth theatre program for high school and college age artists. He is also President of the Arkansas Community Theatre Association, Arkansas Liaison to the Southwest Theatre Conference, and has been the Artistic Director of The Studio since January of 2015.
He has directed a number of shows for The Studio, including Matilda, Spring Awakening, Dreamgirls, Urinetown, Xanadu, Buyer & Cellar, Elf – The Musical, Blackbird, Rock of Ages, Junie B. Jones, and Fun Home. Believe it or not, when not directing he still treads the boards from time to time. Favorite credits include The Music Man (Harold Hill), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Godspell (Jesus), Assassins (Byck), South Pacific (Billis), and Gypsy (Tulsa).
Originally from Conway, Justin is also an award-winning scenic and lighting designer, and has worked extensively as a choreographer, designer, and director in both Arkansas and Tennessee. This year he is one of three theatre directors statewide to be chosen for the Arkansas Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship for his achievements in directing and dedication to cultivating the arts in our community. Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from University of Central Arkansas. AEA @jallenpike @jallenpikedesigns
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Shelby is originally from Arkansas and we are excited she has decided to move back home to share her talents, professional experience and passion for the arts with our community.
Hibbs is a director and award-winning writer. She recently spent six years as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas where she directed shows like Rocky Horror, Harvest, Midsummer (on Insta), Julius Caesar, Urinetown, Avenue Q, and a devised piece: A Mirror Right Through You. She has taught a variety of courses in acting, creating original work, theatre history, and directing. In Dallas, she has worked with Cry Havoc Theater on multiple productions including Babel, Endlings, 20/20 Vision, and Shut Up And Listen. She also worked extensively with avant-garde performance group Dead White Zombies and other theatres including Dallas Theater Center, The Aviary, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau47, Shakespeare Dallas, Echo Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater/OMPF, Dallas Children’s Theater, Shakespeare at the Bar, House Party Theatre, and Capers for Kids. She also spent time in New York and the east coast working for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as a teaching artist and director, and worked for The Berkshire Theatre Group, Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, CTown, Adrienne Westwood Dance, Jim Findlay’s Botanica, Edge in Motion, Robert Wilson’s premiere of Zinnias, and The Wooster Group.She is the co-editor of Texas Theatre Journal, a contributor for Theater Jones and has been published in American Theatre, HowlRound, Ecumenica, Theatre/Practice, Theatre Topics, Dallas Observer, Etudes, and Theatre Forum. She has presented scholarly and creative work at several national conferences around the country. She received the Hugh Aynesworth award for investigative journalism and a Spotlight Award from the Live Theatre League. She has received awards for best new play in. Dallas and was a member of Dallas Playwright’s Workshop with The Dallas Theater Center and the Dramatists Guild. Graduate of the MFA program at Baylor University. She is an avid baker, has two chihuahuas and a cat, and owns a home/office organizing business.
“I am so thrilled to work with The Studio Theatre and bring them into their next act! I am confident that I can build upon the foundation that Justin , the board, and countless volunteers have created. I am looking forward to expanding support for The Studio Theatre, creating new opportunities for educational programming and engagement, and making the space even more of a home for our community.”
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