Stephanie Ong

Stephanie Ong

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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My focus is developing, and sustaining creative projects that are accessible and hold meaning for youth and their communities. I want to use theatre as a tool for organizations and schools who lack the opportunity to create theatre or who are not exposed to artistic experiences all together. I’ve found that listening to students and understanding what they see as pressing or important is what helps shape their own environments. Hopefully, the process of theatre making will be used as a way to express ideas in an entertaining fashion, start conversations and make an impact for youth in challenging communities. Showing students that connecting mind, body, and using imagination can hold valuable lessons and help them create something extraordinary for themselves and their communities.


Stephanie Ong is a local actor, artist, and art educator. Stephanie received a bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and continued her postgraduate education in Studio Arts and Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has worked with the nonprofit organization Children International in Little Rock where she created a youth theater troupe called ‘Let’s Talk About It’. The troupe enabled high school students to choose pressing issues they faced create a script and perform it for their peers. This “theatre form the ground up” as Stephanie likes to call it, is something she hopes to continue for other organizations. In 2007, Stephanie worked in education/community outreach as an Education Intern at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. There, she held per and post show workshops, created drama curriculum, led professional development trainings and helped create show based play/study guides for Jefferson County Public Schools and nearby Indiana schools. Stephanie expanded her art background when she studied studio arts in ceramics, photography, printmaking, free-hand and charcoal drawing. Her other talents include sewing, painting, painting with pastels and jewelry making. She has also worked in collaboration with the THEA Foundation, the Arkansas Literacy Festival, the Arkansas Arts Center Summer Theatre Academy, The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, and Wildwood Park for the Arts. She has also assisted in costuming for Arkansas Rep, Wildwood Park for the Arts, UALR, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival and (formerly) Seaside Music Theatre in Florida. Stephanie is a Montessori teacher at River Valley Montessori in Little Rock.

Available to conduct teacher workshops.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: after school programming after 4:00; Occasional summer residencies with advanced notice.
Special Needs: Desktop/table space for writing and projects along with enough chairs for each student. Dry erase/smart board for class participation.