Led by University of Oklahoma
graduate Richard Nelson, the OKC Theatre Company was originally founded as Synchronicity Theatre Company in 1999, performing at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage and later at a small facility called Studio 207 on the Broadway Extension. With a "desire to identify more closely with the community," the name was changed to OKC Theatre Company in 2002, about the same time the group began performing in the newly renovated Civic Center. The OKC Theatre Company's mission is based around varied genres, everything from classics to comedy musicals made relevant to contemporary audiences.
The OKC Theatre Company performs exclusively in the Civic Center Music Hall
, with productions held in either the CitySpace Theatre or the Freede Little Theatre. CitySpace is a small black-box with seating for only 100 patrons while the Freede Little Theatre is larger, a proscenium style facility that seats just under 300.
Individual tickets for OKC Theatre Company performances differ based on the type of show. For example, a play ticket is $20 while musicals are priced at $25. There are discounts available for students and seniors ($17 plays, $20 musicals) as well as for groups of 15 or more ($15 plays, $18 musicals). For ticket information, call (405) 297-2264. Also, ask about $10 preview performances.
Season tickets are available for admission to all seven shows and cost $100, or $60 for students and seniors.
You can purchase current show tickets
online or fill out a form for season tickets
If you're interested in being a performer for OKC Theatre Company, look for audition announcements on the official website
. The page not only includes a synopsis of the play but also an opportunity to order the play before the audition. Those auditioning should generally provide a headshot and a resume of performance experience.
Native American Play Festival:
Debuting in 2010, the OKC Theatre Company presents an annual Native American Play Festival in which Native American playwrights from across the country can submit new plays. Several are chosen for staged readings for the public each June while one is produced and given a two week run.
Native American writer Mary Kathryn Nagle's new play "Manahatta" will headline the 2014 Native American Play Festival with performances May 8-11 and 15-17. In addition, staged readings will be held on May 17th and 18th.
To enter a play for festival consideration, follow the submission guidelines
by March 15, 2012.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays with Sunday matinees.
- August 15 - September 1: In the Heat of the Night (City Space Theatre)
- October 17-27: Medea (City Space Theatre)
- December 5-22: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (City Space Theatre)
- February 13-23: Sylvia (City Space Theatre)
- April 3-20: Jesus Christ Superstar (Freede Little Theatre)