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Judith Palladino

Judith Palladino

Judith Palladino,
Professor of Theatre & Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre Performance
School of Theatre


Judith Palladino, full professor of theatre and children's theatre, has been at OCU since 1992, teaching, directing, coordinating the theater teacher education program, and serving as the Program Director for Children's Theatre, director of the Let's Pretend Players touring company -- completing over 300, closer to 400 tours -- for fourteen of those years, and Chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre for ten. Her adult theatre career (as opposed to her entire theatre career --- she began performing when she was 9!) includes directing: more than 50 full length production and nearly 80 one-acts; performing: 39 featured roles in theatre, musical theatre, and made-for-TV movies, as well as voice-overs, promotional films, and a national puppet touring company; playwriting: 9 plays performed by the Let's Pretend Players' touring company; and, that which has been most gratifying, serving as an artist/teacher. She has also researched, designed, and written 75 theatre Study Guides. Her recent accomplishments include having an article published in Incite/Insight, an AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education) journal, being awarded a Priddy Fellowship at OCU, and serving as a member of an Arts Integration Faculty Learning Community. She has been a member of the editorial staff for the theatre for young audiences juried journal Stage of the Art, is a Past President of the Oklahoma City Professional Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta (the National Professional Fraternity in Communication Arts and Sciences since 1893), and has been the AATE State Representative for Oklahoma. Professor Palladino was named "Ruth Arrington Outstanding College Theatre Educator" in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, and Communication Association in 2006 and two years earlier, in 2004, received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service as Oklahoma State Representative from AATE. In the decade prior, Professor Palladino received an MFA in Drama/Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University. Her undergraduate years, a triple major and teacher's certification in Drama/Theatre, Speech, and Reading, all happened at Ashland University in Ohio. She was, however, born and raised in New York City and attended high school on Long Island, where theatre first became a part of her very fiber.

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Gold Star Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73106