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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Amie has been active in a variety of professional and amateur theatres in PA, MO, and AR over the course of her lifetime. However, the moment she knew she wanted to make theatre her life came in January of 1988 when the Broadway touring production of Big River stopped at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. ” I remember thinking, ‘THIS! This is the thing I want to do. This is where I belong.’”
Amie left Pittsburgh in 1996 to attend Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where she studied Theatre and Spanish. In May of 2015, she earned her Master of Arts in Theatre from Missouri State University. She and husband Terry are the proud parents of four fantastic sons (all of which are involved in local theatre).
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to grow with The Studio Theatre. The Studio has been producing high quality art in Central Arkansas for 6 years and I’m honored to be a part of this community.”
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