Executive Director: Missy Gipson

Bio: Missy has a BA in Theatre as well as a minor in music from Lyon College. After college she moved to New York, where she studied acting and voice.

Missy is a vocal coach and tours regionally as part of Chase Missy, an Americana band. They have opened for such acts as Lucy Kaplansky, Robert Earl Keen, The Beach Boys, Patty Loveless and other well-known performers. Missy is a director for Arts Live Theatre in Fayetteville. For YAG, Missy has directed many productions including the national award winning Grease, Footloose, Hairspray, Les Miserables, and Big. Missy directed Cinderella in 2014 and looks forward to directing Into The Woods this summer. Missy was awarded “Outstanding Direction in a Musical” in 2013 by the National Youth Arts awards for the YAG production of Les Miserables. She was named one of the “Top Ten Artistic People to Watch in 2015” by the NWA Times.

As Executive Director Missy has grown YAG to producing four shows (including a collaboration with the Fort Smith Public Library) and has created the Theatre Lab Education Series, which offers master classes with industry professionals. Missy completed the “See Change Non-Profit Certification Program” through the University of Arkansas. Missy is a proud member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Missy thanks the incredible YAG Board of Directors for their time and talents and dedication to the youth that we serve!

Acting credits:

New York: Off- Broadway – Frankenstein: The Rock Musical at LaMaMa. Toured with Allian Productions.

Other favorite theatre roles:  A Streetcar Named Desire, The Beggar’s Opera, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, South Pacific and Bandstand U.S.A.

Arkansas: Donna in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding at the Walton Arts Center.

Films: I’m OK (supporting), The Rocking Horse Winner (supporting).


Board of Directors:
Tim Peerbolte, President
Donna Young, Vice-President
Janet Harper, Treasurer


Debbie Andrews Kraus
Aaron Ray
Kim Pierson
Zena Featherston Marshall


DeAnn Collins
Susan Hickam
Darren Minor
Eric Wells
Carol Smith