The Hot Springs Village Players are made up of  people who bring many talents to our productions. Sometimes gratitude is overlooked in the frenzy after the bows of the last performance are taken. This is the place to let you know how much you are needed and appreciated by us. There can be only one recipient per month, but rest assured that one day you'll find yourself in the spotlight!



Craig Welle taught choir, band, and general music for 14 years in Texas, Iowa and in overseas schools in Japan, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. He earned his BME from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, an MA in Music Education from the University of Iowa where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Don Moses.

Welle served as a Music Coordinator for Spring Branch ISD in Houston for 15 years and Executive Director of Enrichment Curriculum and Instruction for 7 years in Dallas ISD. In 2012 he became Executive Director of Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, a non profit organization that has been formed to connect arts learning to Arkansas Framework Standards for multiple school districts in Central Arkansas. In this position he continues to work with teachers to strengthen standards-based arts learning that prepares students for success in college and careers.

Craig has directed school productions of Our Town, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Oliver!, and Damn Yankees. Community theater productions under his direction include The Music Man, South Pacific, The Mikado, Damn Yankees, Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, The Bald Soprano and Pinter Sketches. In addition, he sang in numerous major choral concerts including Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hayden’s Creation at St. Peter’s Church in Munich, two of Haydn’s masses in Eisenstadt, Austria and The Messiah with the Nagoya Symphony in Japan. Solo roles performed include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci. Cable in South Pacific and Nanki Poo in The Mikado. He has also sung in the chorus for many other musicals and operas.