As a professionally based training program, it is critical for TheatreOCU students to work within the industry as their collegiate career evolves. At the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre we strive to involve our students in the industry in a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is with our professional partners or through internships, TheatreOCU students are actively in our industry.
The School of Theatre and TheatreOCU have partnerships with three local professional theatre companies. These affiliations give our students the opportunities to gain professional experiences in performance, design, production and management.
Oklahoma Children's Theatre (OCT) is the professional children's theatre company for the state of Oklahoma, and they are in residence on the OCU campus. OCT provides extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences for young audiences. OCT offers a number of productions and educational programs for young audiences throughout the year including, two main stage co-productions with TheatreOCU, a statewide touring production, a youth theatre program, an arts collaboration program with local daycare centers and educational classes and camps held during the summer at OCU. For more information, go to www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (City Rep) is one of only two professional theatre companies in the state of Oklahoma and as such, provides a vital service to the community by presenting arts programming that is reflected in major metropolitan areas around the country. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Donald Jordan, City Rep was founded five years ago and produces four productions each year at the Civic Center Music Hall. For Oklahoma professional theatre artists of the past, present and future, City Rep provides a professional local venue and artistic home which did not exist before its inception. City Rep operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. For more information, go to www.cityrep.com.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park provides Oklahoma with quality stage productions in unique and exciting environments at a reasonable price and develops cultural growth in Oklahoma through classical and theatrical projects. OSP produces three productions each summer at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage in downtown Oklahoma City. OSP benefits the area further by supplying a theatrical arts training center for the area's young people as well as providing residencies through the Oklahoma Arts Council's Artist-in-Residence program. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is a non-profit organization in alliance with Oklahoma City University. For more information visit their web site at www.oklahomashakespeare.com. OSP is also a member of the Institute of Outdoor Drama and the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.