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Orbit Initiative

Arts at the Center of Your World

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:
Jeremy Stevens
Education & Development Coordinator
918.596.7119
jeremystevens@cityoftulsa.org

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HOW IT WORKS

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.

CLASSES

In conjunction with 918 Day and Resilient Tulsa, communities 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.

CONVERSATION

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

COLLABORATION

In June, we all come together to create a large-scale production that puts our city center stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The following Community Partners will host classes for Orbit. You may contact them directly or fill out the enrollment form to the right.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-743-4297

Greenwood Cultural Center
822 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-596-1020

Reed Park Community Center
4233 S Yukon Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107
918-591-4307

Ellen Ochoa Elementary
12000 E 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-357-4330

Hicks Park Community Center
3443 S Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-669-6355

LIFE Senior Services
East Side Senior Center
1427 S Indianapolis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112
918-744-6760

Lattimer-Cooksey Arts and Cultural Foundation
Solid Foundation Preparatory Academy

4025 N Hartford Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74106
918-794-7800
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ENROLLMENT FORMS

To enroll in a class, fill out the English form HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.
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MORE INFO

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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