Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre discussing strategic partnership with University of Oklahoma
The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre has announced that it will soon begin discussions on a strategic partnership with the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma and will be working with Seth Gordon, director of the Helmerich School of Drama, to consult with the organization on a long-term plan.
“The Helmerich School of Drama sees connections with the professional field as a high priority, and a strategic relationship with OKC Rep will no doubt benefit our students as we prepare them for substantial careers in the industry,” said Gordon in a statement. “I look forward to working with the new Artistic Director to forge this relationship and for the two organizations to work together symbiotically for years to come.”
As previously reported, OKC Rep - an award-winning professional regional theater - announced earlier this month that it will begin a nationwide search for a new artistic director after notice that Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan will retire in 2021. Gordan is also assisting the national search committee in its efforts.
Gordon has extensive experience in managing theatre companies, creating and managing play festivals, directing productions and forming collaborations with other organizations in order to fully integrate their missions, according to a news relase.
“The collaboration between a fine professional repertory company and one of the country’s finest and oldest drama schools will have lasting and significant importance for both OU and Oklahoma City,” said Max Weitzenhoffer, who is chairman of Nimax Theaters, a philanthropist with deep ties to OU and an OKC Rep board member.
As previously reported, OKC Rep was established in 2001 and produced its first play in 2002. The theater has produced more than 85 productions and is a leading Actor’s Equity theater in the state. Numerous achievements include becoming the first theater in Oklahoma City history to be given membership in The Theatre Communications Group, the national association of leading professional theatres, in 2011; being awarded the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Award in 2012; and earning a regional Emmy Award in 2015 with the co-production of "The Grapes of Wrath" presented by OETA's "Back in Time."
The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, the second oldest in the nation, offers performance-centered, professional programs designed to prepare students to successfully move forward to the next level of their career development.