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Theatre Professor Named Outstanding Faculty of the Year

Jeff Cochran
Jeff Cochran

Oklahoma City University named School of Theatre Professor Jeff Cochran as the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient.

Cochran teaches stage and production management and is the director of Global Initiatives for the School of Theatre. As head of the Stage and Production Management program, Cochran oversees both the academic and production components for the School of Theatre and the Bass School of Music. In his role with the Global Initiatives program, Cochran works to develop new relationships within the entertainment industry as well as partner schools around the world.

In addition to his work at OCU, Cochran has served as the production stage manager with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Through a partnership with OCU and Lyric Theatre, he has served as the stage management mentor for his students who work on Lyric productions. He has also been a production stage manager for Oklahoma City Ballet.

Prior to OCU, Cochran was an active member in the Dallas/Fort Worth arts community. He has stage managed for such companies as WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the Greater Tuna Corporation and Dallas Black Dance. He has served in a variety of roles in the performing arts including director of the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas. In 1996 he served as a lighting designer during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cochran is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the International Association of Venue Managers, Theatre Communications Group, Southeastern Theatre Conference and is a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Each year, the OCU Outstanding Faculty Award Committee calls on the student body, staff and faculty for nominations of faculty members whose teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and professional community are deemed to be exemplary.