50 STORIES 50 YEARS: CITYREP

CityRep’s Regional premiere production of Oklahoma native Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Photo by Wendy Mutz, Mutz Photography

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The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, better knowns as CityRep, serves Oklahoma as the largest employer of professional actors in the state.  

The majority of CityRep’s productions are either world, regional, state or City premieres, including one of the first regional productions of AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY, the Tony and Pulitzer award winning Oklahoma drama.  

Critics hailed the production as “Better than Broadway.”    

CityRep also produced the first ever Actors Equity Association (the union of all professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States) professional production of the stage adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

This production was recognized as one of the southwestern United States “”Top Ten”” productions, received recognition from the National Steinbeck Center, and the OETA television special that featured the production won a 2015 EMMY award.

Such achievements are driven by CityRep’s mission to serve Oklahoma’s diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre.

Said CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, “Our vision is to be a vibrant regional theater that is vital to the cultural, educational and economic life of Oklahoma.”

Now in its 14th season, the theatre is achieving its vision as a nationally recognized, award-winning professional theatre.  

The Director has said, “Oklahoma Arts Council support has been critical to our organization’s [rise] to become one of our state’s leading theatrical institutions, winning national critical acclaim for our artistry and community leadership.”

In spite of these successes, cuts in public support for the arts have resulted in direct programming changes and reductions at CityRep.

The theatre now provides fewer employment opportunities than in years past and has seen economic activity around its productions shrink.  

For CityRep, the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council is essential. And if public support continues to be cut, it will have an impact on CityRep’s outstanding contributions to the artistic growth and economic vitality of our state.

This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.