Thirteen years ago, The Sooner Theatre launched a dream to reach out to our community and create an opportunity for students of all ages to explore their own dreams in the performing arts. With a great leap of faith, we rented and renovated space to open a limited number of school year and summer classes for students to pursue those dreams.
It was a scary proposition that we would be able to find enough students to fill the classes and make the rental and renovation of the space make financial sense. We knew there were some kids in our community who were interested in the performing arts, but we didn’t anticipate the Dream they shared and explosion of growth we have experienced in our Studio. From one summer camp with 31 participants, we have grown studio offerings to 55 camps and year-round classes, serving more than 960 enrolled in FY 2015. We filled two production classes on the first day of enrollment this fall, and each summer, more than 225 students audition for 110-120 available spots in our two summer production camps.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Before taking the position at The Sooner Theatre in 2003, she lived in NYC and traveled as a professional actress and choreographer working in numerous productions across the country. She thought she was through with the "performing" chapter of her life, until she found herself on stage again at The Sooner Theatre a few times including her 10-year Anniversary celebration as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! Performing credits include: an NBC Movie of the Week, several feature and indie films, a performer in Reader’s Digest’s DVD, America, Portrait of Song, a soloist for The National Governor’s Convention, a brief stay as the lead female in a popular Branson show, and a guest performer in President Clinton’s Inaugural Parade. Favorite experiences include: Music Theatre of Wichita, Lyric Theatre of OKC, Mill Mt Theatre, Buck’s County Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, 7 years as Laurey, in Discoveryland’s Oklahoma! and dozens of commercials and videos. She's choreographed several commercials for the Oklahoma Lottery, Riverwind, and Taco Mayo. Choreography jobs include Six Flags Parks, Premier Parks, Discoveryland, Bear Creek Farms, the Oklahoma Dome Dedication and has directed and choreographed over 100 musicals and live events across the country. She directs the United Way’s Celebrity Sing and serves, and has served, on several Norman boards and committees to include, Transition House, Norman Public School’s Gifted Council, Citizen’s Advisory Board, The Norman Chamber of Commerce, The Mayor’s Centennial Committee, and The Main Street Christmas Parade. She is a member of Norman Rotary and a graduate of Leadership Norman. She is a current member of Oklahoma's Leadership Arts. She was awarded "Do You Know Your Neighbor Award", The Fowler Arts Award, and the Chamber's Volunteer of the Month.
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Allied Arts represents and supports 26 local arts groups in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas and serves as the advocate for central Oklahoma's arts and cultural community.
Founded in 1971 as Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts champions the arts by:
Mobilizing critical resources to foster the dynamic growth of the arts
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