Established in 1922; identified as one of the 7th oldest community theatres in America and the oldest continuously running theater west of the Mississippi, Theatre Tulsa continues to entertain Tulsa & the surrounding areas; offering a chance for local citizens to learn what it takes to run a community theatre.
From board membership, acting instruction to the numerous technical trades of directing, costuming, light & set design and construction, the organization provides the opportunity for anyone to master a theatrical craft or provide voluntary assistance.
In recent years the decline of corporate support and the gaming industry has challenged the very lifeblood of this once thriving "little theatre." In order to sustain itself, Theatre Tulsa was forced to temporarily suspend office staff salaries and eliminate the position of executive director. The work is now being performing by a working board of directors and volunteers.
To add insult to injury, there has been an increase in Indian gaming and numerous casinos have opened up. These casinos have included entertainment venues in an attempt to generate gaming enthusiasts. These venues require the support of local theatrical technicians and are offering monetary compensation over and above what Theater Tulsa can provide thrrough stipens and hence many of Theatre Tulsa's technicians have left or have declined the stipends offered by the theatre.
Theatre Tulsa, in an attempt to meet the various challenges presented to them has taken great strides to market themselves by incorporating a new website (www.theatretulsa.org) ; using social media such as Face Book and Twitter to promote causes and provide the latest information not only to their patrons but to anyone who may be interested in assisting the organization.
Theater Tulsa needs to get back to owning their own building like they once did from 1932 to 1987. If they can purchase or obtain tax deductible donations to purchase a building of their own; they could then redirect rent monies to fund other areas of deficiencies.
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In establishing the organizations FaceBook site I am amazed with the current 700+ fan base and seeeing how often the site is vistied on a weekly basis not only by Tulsans but by many across the US. This along with the other marketing tools have increased audition attendance and increased our ticket sales
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The organization really needs to secure a buiding to house their offices / costume & scene shops. The organization rents a 7000 sq ft space and also rents the venue of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center to produce all their shows. To own their own buiding is essential to the sustainability of the organization.