Did you know that Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is not just a summer season theatrical company?
In addition to our outstanding Outdoor Season, Oklahoma Shakespeare is active year round producing plays, staged readings as well as working with students and teachers in exciting and engaging workshops and events.
Oklahoma Shakespeare, at the service to her majesty herself, hosts a lovely afternoon "high tea" for the pleasure of the Queen! In 2012, Melissa Scaramucci (past Program Director, deadCENTER Film Festival and current owner/operator ofLOCAL restaurant in Norman) was "Queen for a Day" playing the Queen for a guests of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at "Christmas Tea with the Queen", an afternoon to benefit Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Guests enjoyed "high tea" service and an Elizabethan fashion show!
Oklahoma Shakespeare and The English Speaking Union team up to offer a special opportunity to students and educators across the state with The English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition and Oklahoma Shakespeare's Shakespeare Festival! The English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition provides high school teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts curriculum and their teaching of Shakespeare. Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 250,000 young people since its inception in 1983. One lucky student, who presents an outstanding Shakespearian performance, will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City for the shot at the grand prize - an intensive study trip to England to study Shakespeare! After a quick lunch, Oklahoma Shakespeare provides workshops and an opportunity of students to show their talents with the Shakespeare Festival!
Shakespeare Festival is a non-competitive forum for students in grades 6 - 12 to spend an entire day together engaging in live Shakespeare as actors and as active workshop participants in Elizabethan History, and Language, Shakespearean Acting and Stage Combat.
Join us next year! OSP will accept entry forms for both the ESU Competition and Shakespeare Festival in January.
"OK Shakes" shakes it up for The Shakespeare's Birthday month with a bevy of events that would make Billy Bard proud!
SonnetAthon is just one of the annual events for language lovers! Sonnets for the people, by the people! We celebrate Shakespeare's life by bringing your voice to his words! SonnetAthon takes place at the Oklahoma State Capitol in the rotunda, on Shakespeare's birthday or close to it, where we open the floor for teachers, students, politicians, businessmen-ANYONE who loves Shakespeare's Sonnets as much as we do to help us recite ALL 154 sonnets for the public! Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park have an enthusiasm for language. We believe that words have power, the power to connect us more deeply with one another and to transport us beyond ourselves!
Sounds like fun, right?! Keep in touch with us and sign up to "speak the speech" in April!
are just another way that Oklahoma Shakespeare engages in our community to connect Oklahomans to the rich culture of literature and the theatre! Everything from free performances of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde,hosted by our friends at the Metropolitan Library System. Performed in a simple presentation, these adapted shows are perfect for a family outing that's entertaining and educational! Oklahoma Shakespeare touring shows are available for direct booking engagements for schools, parent groups or churches through out the year or catch these offerings at a sponsored event by community organizations.
For bookings or performance information, check out our touring shows page or contact us!
One of Oklahoma Shakespeare's newer offerings, Theatre for the Ears promises to be a favorite for our patrons! Continuing our passion and belief in the power of words, this staged reading series is focused on works that enrich our culture through a classical literary view. Our company members and community artists meet for just a few rehearsals to analyze the material for the ultimate goal-to present outstanding works of literary art with a particular focus to the language that only trained and experienced performer can provide. By performing all around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Shakespeare strengthens our ties to the Oklahoma community and gives our audiences a unique experience that couldn't be realized in a normal theatrical environment. Case in point- in 2012 Theatre for the Ears performed the rarely produced, albeit beautiful and important "morality play", Everyman in the stunning sanctuary of Saint Pauls Episcopal Cathedral. This environment provided a reverance for the work that would be hard to accomplish in any setting.
Keep you eyes and ears open for the next performance!