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.
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 ten 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.
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