Arts Education Center coming to downtown North Little Rock

The Sharon Heflin Education Center, and part of the Argenta Community Theater, will open in October at 315 Main St. Suite B and four doors down from the theater’s mainstage.

The 2,000 square foot space will work with students of all ages in the field of performing and technical arts with voice and acting classes coming this fall with additional classes in TV/film, technical production and dance next spring.

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The theater’s director, Sydney Wolfe said the efforts of Christen Pitts and her ACTing Up summer program had been so successful that they saw, “the need for year-round classes covering all aspects of the performing arts. Our mission has always been to invest in this community by providing access to professional quality entertainment and education.”

Festivities will begin on Oct. 11 with a VIP night, followed by two more nights of events featuring actor George Newbern and Broadway producer Elizabeth Williams.

Both are Arkansas natives and among Newbern’s credits are being the voice of Superman in the DC Animated Universe, which is a really big deal and I think super cool but others might know him for his roles in Father of the Bride and Scandal.

The gala is presented by Gwatney Chevrolet and Ben E. Keith Foods will and tickets can be purchased at

This season’s sponsors  and partners include: Tiffany and Will Feland, The City of North Little Rock, The North Little Rock CVB, The Tenenbaum Foundation, Legacy Termite, Engel & Volkers, Insalaco Family Scholarship Fund, Pulaski County, First Security Bank and Tito’s.