APT MISSION STATEMENT
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
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
Steve St. John