There are few who experience life (and the region) as fully as Simone Cottrell. The daughter of a Cambodian refugee and a Vietnam Veteran, she is a multidisciplinary theatremaker in Fayetteville, Arkansas whose work evolves from her deep connections with the community. Learn more about her and, in doing so, learn about some of the best aspects of Northwest Arkansas in our interview below.
TITLE: Multidisciplinary Theatremaker
CITY: Fayetteville, Arkansas
How did you end up in Northwest Arkansas?
My sweet, patient sister Savannah lives in Bentonville and after listening to me complain over the phone about not being able to do the theatre work that I wanted to do, she simply asked, “Why don’t you move to Northwest Arkansas?” She talked to me about the arts scene and how it was expanding, but I was already sold on the opportunity of just being closer to my niece and nephew. On New Year’s Eve 2015, I drove a 20-foot Penske truck with my cat Lady Chairman Meow (RIP) in the front seat from Mississippi and parked it in Fayetteville.
When people ask me where I’m from, I say that my body was formed in Tennessee, my heart was shaped in Alabama, my spirit was built in Mississippi, and now my imagination is expanding in Arkansas.
Describe NW Arkansas in 3 Words
”Thrives on authenticity.Simone Cottrell
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Pictured above: We are Veterans Cast