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Orbit Initiative

Be a Part of Something Bigger

Each year, more than 250,000 people come to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to enjoy performances, concerts and exhibits. But there are several in our community who have never had access to this building or the creation of art that happens inside of it. And while 75% of children from moderate- to high-income families in Tulsa are involved in the arts, only 10% of children from low-income families have that advantage. The Orbit Initiative is changing that.

Through this nonprofit organization, we offer a vibrant schedule of free arts classes, seminars and masterclasses throughout Tulsa to ensure everyone in our community has access to the magic experienced by participating in the arts. We also stage ambitious works of theatre to give those who participate in the classes the opportunity to be involved in actual stage productions, which are presented to the public for free.

Each year, this program engages and educates between 250 and 500 community members from our city’s diverse population. In 2019, 2,880 people reserved free tickets to our full-scale production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” — 67% of those tickets went to low-income families. By inviting members throughout our diverse community to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances, join in on the creation of ambitious works of theatre and help bring our communities together, we highlight the beauty of both our similarities and differences as our city takes center stage.

The Orbit Initiative is built around the idea that theatre is a place of possibility where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. In essence, it is inviting the whole city to celebrate itself.

Originally conceived by The Public Theater in New York, our program follows their framework and style while adapting to Tulsa’s needs and desires.

For more information, please contact:

Jeremy Stevens

Director of Community Engagement




The Orbit Initiative invites a stunning diversity of people to participate in workshops and classes, to attend performances, and to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre.


Those in our community can participate in acting classes — ranging from improv to spoken word, poetry to playwriting, and musical theatre to Shakespeare — as well as dance/movement classes, visual art classes and stage tech classes — all for free.


Together, we also attend plays, discussions and social events to deepen our connections.


In June, we all come together to create a free, large-scale stage production that puts our city at center stage I our biggest theatre, the Chapman.


We are working on finalizing this year's list of community sponsors. More soon!

Free Class Listing

Our incredible Community Partners open their doors and host FREE arts courses for all. You may contact them directly or fill out the enrollment form to join in.

Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center
Dance taught be Kara Staiger
Classes start on November 7
Every Sunday
2-3 p.m.
2021 E 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74136

Greenwood Cultural Center
Writing/Poetry taught by Deborah Hunter
Start date undetermined
Every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.
322 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Acting/Improv taught by Janna O'Leary
Classes start in October
The first and third Saturday of every month
10 a.m. to noon
621 E 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Hicks Park Community Center
Visual Art taught by Alexander Tamahn
Acting/Improv taught by Timothy Hunter
Classes start September 18
Every third Saturday of the month
10 a.m. to noon
3443 S Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146

LIFE Senior Services East Side
Acting/Improv taught by Julie Tattershall
Classes start September 15
Every Wednesday
2:10-3:10 p.m.
East Side Senior Center
1427 S Indianapolis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112

Rudisill Regional Library
Acting taught by Machele Miller Dill
Classes start October 9
The first and third Saturday of each month
Acting Basics for Kids, 10-11 a.m.
Acting Intensive for Adults, 11 a.m. to noon
520 N Hartford Ave
Tulsa, OK 74106


Safety Protocols

Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our participants, educators and families as much as possible. Our community is made safer through masking, health and safety protocols, and case response/reporting.

Mask Policy

It is our expectation that all adults and children, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask at all times while inside satellite buildings and when in close proximity to others.

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Temperature: Participants and Educators should be prepared to have their temperature taken.
  • Handwashing and cleaning: Every class will have access to hand sanitizer, disinfectant cleaner, and wipes. The custodial staff at each satellite location will continue with their regular sanitization processes.
  • Classroom seating: Teachers will create seating arrangements in their classrooms that help with social distancing.
  • Contact tracing: We will continue our contact tracing and notification processes, while ensuring recommended quarantine periods.
  • Other movements in the building: Stairwells (if applicable) are marked in order to guide traffic to limit gathering and to move people safely and efficiently. Other spaces in the building (such as bathrooms) will have capacity caps to limit the amount of people in each space.
  • Snacking: Any eating or drinking will be done outside of the classroom, preferably outside, weather permitting.

Case Response and Reporting

If a participant or staff member is sick:

  • For participants: Stay at home and notify the satellite location and let that satellite location reach the teacher.
  • For staff: Notify your immediate supervisor (Jeremy Stevens) and stay home.


Fill out the form below to get more information about the Orbit Initiative. Whether you're wanting to be a volunteer, sponsor or participant, we are excited to hear from you!

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