WAC's Trotter Still Growing Arts, Artists and Audiences

by Serenah McKay  on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 9:52 am  

Trotter also works closely with the WAC’s resident companies: TheatreSquared, Trike Theatre, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center.

“I love having those groups in our space,” she said. “It’s so exciting to see the creativity and the growth of the performing arts community in Northwest Arkansas.”

Out of that collaboration grew one of her favorite projects so far — the statewide tour begun last year of a production of “Digging Up Arkansas.”

“It’s a performance that we commissioned and created along with Trike Theatre that talks about Arkansas history, and since really from before the doors to this building were opened, education was a cornerstone of what the organization wanted to be.”

She said they decided to do the project after hearing from teachers how difficult it is to teach Arkansas history to third- through fifth-graders.

“It’s tough to make it engaging and to find unique and interesting ways to involve the students, and so it’s addressing a real need,” she said. “It’s an amazing product, and such a wonderful piece of theater. And then to be able to not only perform it in Northwest Arkansas but to take it around the state, that’s been a first for us and that’s really, really been a highlight for me, to be part of an organization that has that kind of dedication and that kind of reach into children’s lives.”

Trotter serves on the national board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, but with three children, ages 6, 10 and 12, she says her life away from work “is very much about being a mom.”

She’s also busy with PTO and active at her church, First United Presbyterian, and its efforts to address hunger issues in Northwest Arkansas.

Trotter’s passing on her passion for the arts to her children, and said she loves bringing them to events at the WAC.

“All my kids really enjoy the arts, and that’s fun for us as a family.”



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