Arkansas Public Theatre provides live theater experiences for audiences, performers and students, enhancing the Rogers Historic District and creating a regional destination. 

Approved by Board in 2010; updated on 4.16.2014

The history of The Victory Theater


The Victory Theater was designed by noted Rogers architect A.O. Clarke and opened in December 1927. The theater served as a community gathering place and was renovated several times as a movie and vaudeville theater before closing its doors in the early 1970s. In 2008, with generous help from the Wal-Mart Foundation, contributions from civic-minded donors and the effort of tireless volunteers, the City of Rogers purchased the Victory Theater with an agreement that it would serve as the long-term home of the Arkansas Public Theatre.

For the past thirty-three years we have been a community-based organization that believes in the performing arts as an essential part of a healthy community and economy. We began as a small theatre group putting on plays wherever our productions were welcome. Now, as our name proudly states, we are Arkansas Public Theatre at The Victory in historic downtown Rogers. Each of the 33 previous seasons shaped the organization into one that presents Broadway-caliber productions with volunteer actors, directors, designers and technicians from our vibrant region. We’re thankful to our season members, donors and partners, and ticket holders. Your continual support is vital to the existence of APT. Our future promises greater community development and initiatives, while maintaining our productions’ relevancy in keeping our community alive and inspired. APT is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Kris Isham, Chair, Senior Associate Counsel, Walmart

  • Jeff Dunn, Previous Chair, Evolution Outdoor Design

  • Ron Sasine, First Vice Chair, Hudson Windsor

  • Mille Davis Alderman, Second Vice Chair, The Clorox Company

  • Ed McClure, Artistic Director, Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson, P.A.

  • Shey Bland, Secretary, Downtown Rogers Inc.

  • Joe March, Treasurer, Vendor Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Jim LeFevre, Facilities Chair, Multi-Craft Contractors, Inc.

  • Ron Hayes, First United Methodist Church

  • Debbie Alsup, Paris Presents

  • David Gay, University of Arkansas

  • Samantha Herrera, Selah Design Studio

  • Connie Jones, Community Development of Bentonville/Bella Vista

  • Alix Keil, Voxie

  • Katie Schifano, Sam’s Club

  • Brock Showalter, Attorney at Law

  • Jenella Young, NBCUniversal

Board of Producers

  • Ed McClure, Artistic Director

  • Diane Carnahan

  • Amy Dotson

  • Patrick Edmunds

  • Matt Etris

  • Erin Ford

  • Sean Franklin

  • Rachel Hobby

  • Kevin Lancaster

  • Andria Lickfelt

  • Randall Lothes

  • Kathy McClure

  • Brenda Nemec

  • Jason Nemec

  • Jim Olmstead

  • Steve St. John

  • Rob Swearingin