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 four local professional performing arts 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.
CityRep, The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is Oklahoma's Award Winning Equity Small Professional Theatre. CityRep is the first theatre in Oklahoma City history to earn membership in the Theatre Communications Group, the national association of leading professional regional theatres. CityRep has been recognized for artistic excellence, leadership and community service by the American Theatre Wing, Actors' Equity Association, The Oklahoma State Arts Council, Governor Mary Fallin and Mayor Mick Cornett. Their vision is to be a vibrant regional theater that is vital to the cultural, educational and economic life of Oklahoma. Their Mission to serve Oklahoma's diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre. "We entertain, enlighten and inspire!” For more information, go to www.cityrep.com.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is the state's leading professional theatre company. For 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four smaller works in the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall, and winter, as well as four large scale, fully orchestrated musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer. Lyric operates under an URTA contract with Actors' Equity Association and employs members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and United Scenic Artists. For more information, go to www.lyrictheatreokc.com
Oklahoma City Ballet and the OCU School of Theatre’s Design and Production program have entered into a new professional partnership. This dynamic pairing will give OCU students opportunities to work in a variety of lighting and management related positions in a professional setting while supporting OKC Ballet’s productions at the Civic Center Music Hall. Oklahoma City Ballet seeks to inspire its audience through classical and contemporary dance performances, a strong educational program, and community service. To find out more about Oklahoma City Ballet, please visit www.okcballet.com