Community-based, site-specific theatre.

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is a community-based, site-specific theatre in Fayetteville, AR dedicated to expanding the audience’s role in live theatre. We stage original, handcrafted performances in surprising places that include our audiences in novel ways. From collaborating with community groups in our writing process to engaging through interactive experiences during a live immersive performance, we aim to make our work a meaningful exchange with our community.


We believe storytelling is the vehicle through which movement and transformation can occur, and theatre especially has the potential to cause awe, self-refection, social responsibility, and inspiration.


Through the Arts on Tour Grant, the company is available to create a unique performance for your special event. From gameshows to sheet fort experiences, we have something special to share with you. For more information go to the Arts on Tour webpage HERE.

Erika Wilhite

Artistic Director

Erika is a director, deviser, performer, and teaching artist. She received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. Additional training is in in Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and SITI Company in 2007 and Double Edge Theatre in 2012, and with Michael Rohds at the Center for Performance and Civic Practice in 2016 and 2017.

You can view her artist’s resume HERE.

Check out her talk! TEDx University of Central Arkansas: Experimental Theatre in the Ozarks. 

Erika is a rostered teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council. You can find out more HERE.

Rachel Reynolds

Managing Director

Rachel is an artist and folklorist with a background in art and cultural policy and arts-focused grassroots organizing in underserved communities. Reynolds received a B.A. in American studies from the University of Arkansas and M.A. degrees in public history and heritage studies from Arkansas State University where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in heritage studies. She has received fellowships from the Southern Foodways Alliance to document Arkansas barbecue and was in the first cohort of Creative Community Fellows through National Arts Strategies. Her arts and food-focused project, The Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op has been featured in Mother Earth News, Rural Missouri, and Acres U.S.A. among other print and online publications. In 2015, she founded the #NotMyOzarks campaign to counter anti-racial sentiment in the Ozarks region. Rachel is a founding member of Art of the Rural and a frequent presenter on topics of cultural sustainability and rural art and culture at conferences across the country.