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Episode 252: Exploring the Artistic Vision of Northwest Arkansas with Shannon Jones, Theater Squared’s Trailblazing Executive Director

About the Show:

“We need art in our lives in order to be fully fulfilled.” 

 – Shannon Jones, Theater Squared

Meet Shannon Jones, the dynamic new executive director of Theater Squared, who’s reshaping the arts scene in Northwest Arkansas with her unique blend of experience, passion, and visionary leadership.

  • Background and Experience: Shannon Jones is the new leader of Theater Squared, armed with a BFA in stage management from the University of Central Florida. She has extensive experience in the arts, having worked as a freelancer across the East Coast.
  • Journey to Northwest Arkansas: Initially hesitant about moving, Shannon was persuaded by Theater Squared’s artistic director, Bob Ford, to explore opportunities in Fayetteville.
  • Impact Since 2014: Since her arrival at Theater Squared in 2014, Shannon has significantly influenced the local arts community. She manages over 350 performances annually and leads the Schools Tour program, impacting children in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
  • Community Engagement: Shannon’s commitment to the arts and community engagement highlights her role as a transformative figure in Northwest Arkansas’s cultural landscape.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Discover the transformative impact of Theater Squared on its community.
  • Explore the power of community engagement in the arts and how it can create lasting connections.
  • Uncover the unique partnership between Theater Squared and the Fayetteville Public Library and how it enriches the community.
  • Delve into the annual production of A Christmas Carol and the heartwarming tradition it has become.
  • Learn about Theater Squared’s growth and community outreach plans, and how they shape the arts’ future in their community.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.  

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Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

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