Entertainment Business Program Director
Professor Rachel Suggs, CMP, CSEP has a professional background which includes over 50 years of working in the performing arts. She received her bachelor of fine arts in modern dance, minor in fashion merchandising, teaching certification, and master of fine arts in acting and directing from the University of Oklahoma.
Among her credits are leading roles in Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, The Importance of Being Ernest and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other professional appearances include the Pollard Theatre productions of The Fantastics, Funny Girl, The Wind In The Willows and The Heiress. She has worked summer stock as the choreographer for the Kohler Arts Center in Kohler, Wisconsin. She has been recognized for her experience in film work. She has hosted her own television talk show and produced and hosted a two-hour daily, news and information interactive radio talk show called "That's The Way It Is."
In addition to her stage, film and radio talent work, she was selected to a corporate, executive management position of special events coordinator and media relations director for the three Oklahoma City Macy’s department stores; the executive director of the Norman Arts and Humanities Council, continuing her 35 years in the non-profit sector as a grant-writer and administrator, board member, volunteer and consultant. She served as the development director for KGOU/KROU Radio, The University of Oklahoma’s National Public Radio affiliate. Her credits include extensive experience as; a producer, fashion show director and fashion buyer, public speaker, master of ceremony, voiceover commercial talent, private performance coach, and an artistic consultant. Her meeting and event management career has continued as part of her professional development over the years. She has completed the demanding certification processes to earn international recognition as both a Certified Meeting Profession, currently 1 of only 13,000 in 35 countries around the world and Oklahoma’s first Certified Special Event Professional. She has a background in both the commercial and non-profit sectors of the entertainment industry.
Her 40 years of teaching experience include classes in theatre and stage movement, costume and textile history, fashion display and show production, and mass media marketing. She joined the OCU faculty in 1999 as the director of the Entertainment Business Program and since that time has become a tenured faculty member teaching both arts management and dance academics.