Arts All Access: a multidisciplinary virtual arts immersion

ACANSA, Argenta Community Theater, Ballet Arkansas and Opera in the Rock are pleased to announce a three-week multidisciplinary virtual arts immersion, “Arts All Access”. The virtual series will feature nine masterclasses from professional artists across creative genres, three topical discussions, and three streaming performance broadcasts.

Masterclasses and other programs are geared toward teen and adult artists, participants and audiences.This collaboration is the first of its kind for the partner organizations, and grew out of a desire to create meaningful connection, discussion and learning opportunities across arts disciplines during this unprecedented time for the performing arts community.


  • Individual master classes: $20
  • All access pass to all masterclasses and events: $150
  • A reduced registration cost will be available to students and educators.
  • Panel discussions and interviews: FREE
  • Virtual performances: “pay what you can”
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Friday, September 25 – Ballet Arkansas
Friday, October 2 – Opera in the Rock
Friday, October 9 – Argenta Community Theater


Thursday, September 24 (ACANSA) Potluck & Poison Ivy, featuring Dr. Guy Lancaster and Dr. Brian Mitchell, who will discuss the revised edition of the book Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919, with musical guest Joshua Asante

Thursday, October 1 – “The State of Broadway & How Technology Can Aid Recovery” with Tony award winning producer and Arkadelphia, AR native Elizabeth Williams

Thursday, October 8 (ACANSA) “The Arts in Arkansas” – a roundtable discussion with area arts organization leaders on the path forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

MASTER CLASSES I 7:30 PM CST I $20 Each I All Access Pass $150

September 21 (Sing) – #OperaHarmony: Directing Opera in a Digital Age” with Ella Marchment
Ella Marchment is an international opera director and educator, having worked with companies including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wexford Festival Opera, Copenhagen Opera Festival, Bury Court Opera, The Juilliard School, The Royal College of Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and most recently launching #OperaHarmony, a global initiative creating micro-opera during the pandemic.

September 22 (Dance) – “Contemporary, Broadway Dance and Audition Q/A” with Marc Holland
Holland in an internationally renowned Broadway and touring dance veteran whose credits include Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and La Cage Aux Folles, with numerous professional choreographic and instructional credits.

September 23 (Act) – “Musical Theatre Tips and Tricks” with Laura Leigh Turner
Turner, is a North Little Rock native, who most recently played Karen in Mean Girls on Broadway. Laura-Leigh will share her tips and tricks for musical theatre auditions with participants.

September 28 (Act) – “Text Attack – How to get the most out of your Monologue or Scene” with Ashlie Atkinson
Atkinson is a Little Rock native whose film, tv and stage credits include Spike Lee’s Black Klannsman and Inside Man, Mr. Robot, Rescue Me, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre performances.

September 29 (Sing) – “Black on the Block: William Grant Still’s Connection to Little Rock” with Jamiee & Ron Jensen-McDaniel
The McDaniels are community musicians, classically trained vocalists and teachers based in the central Arkansas area. They are alumni of the University of Limerick, where they received their MAs with top honors. Currently, Jaimee teaches at the University of Central Arkansas and Ron works with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

September 30 (Dance) – “Ballet and Variations” with Renato Penteado
Penteado, a Brazilian native, is a highly sought-after master teacher across the USA and abroad, formerly a celebrated Principal Dancer with the Miami City Ballet.

October 5 (Dance) – “Excerpts of Contemporary Repertory and Improvisation” with Mariana Oliveira
Oliveira, is a visionary, contemporary choreographer. Past credits include the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, Nashville Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, BalletX, Dayton Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet Academy, Madison Ballet, National Choreographers Initiative, Ballet Arkansas, American Midwest Ballet, and Chicago Repertory Ballet, among others.

October 6 (Act) – Chris James, North Little Rock native and award-winning spoken word poet, TED Talk speaker, playwright, educator, photographer and author. He is the founder of Arkansas’ only poetry venue and second black owned gallery, The House of Art.

October 7 (Sing) – “The Operatic Singer as Artist and Athlete” with Francesca Mondanaro
Mondanaro is an internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano, whose teaching clients include lead actors on Broadway (Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd National Tour) and guest artists at Glimmerglass Opera, Vancouver Opera, Arizona Opera, Kammeroper Hannover and many, many more.