The Orbit Initiative is a new educational endeavor by the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust that strives to reach beyond downtown to work with community partners citywide to provide theatrical education to anyone interested, ages 4-84, free of charge, and located within their community. The goal is to convene at the TPAC for a large-scale performance on the Chapman Music Hall stage. Strong community partnerships are the bedrock of Orbit. Reaching out to those community members who feel the theater is out of their reach or is an elitist organization is the primary objective. Our approach is founded on a 360-degree transformational experience of theater of, by and for the people of Tulsa. The disciplines included in this project are acting, dance/movement, singing/vocal technique, visual art, and stage tech, with master class opportunities in vocal auditions, playwriting/poetry and puppetry.
Getting the word out to every school, classroom, and student will take some effort from not just the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, but also local schools, recreation centers and community partners. These community partners provide the space for classes and workshops to take place. We invite members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances, and, most importantly, join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre and help bridge communities together accentuating our similarities and diversity as motivation and strength as our city takes center stage. The Orbit Initiative is animated by the idea that theater 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.
For more information, please contact:
Education & Development Coordinator