Student blog by Jacob Patterson, theater major and president of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society
The theatrical arts are not an activity commonly associated with collaboration: More often than not, in popular media and even on our own campus grounds, performing artists of all disciplines are painted as individuals out to achieve their goals through whatever means necessary, often holding few fellow artists as friends on their way to the top.
I am here to tell you that at the TU Department of Theatre, we could not hold that ideology any farther away from our hearts, especially after the events of this past April.
On April 7, my fellow students and I had the privilege to participate in Oklahoma State University’s 24-Hour Play Festival held every spring. This was the first year that OSU has opened their doors to another school to participate, and we were very fortunate to be invited.
The whole festival took place from midnight on April 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 8. The objective of the festival was to create and produce an original short play using only student resources under a time, theme and prop constraint, as well as to jump in head first with peers whom we had never worked with before.
After a long night of hard work, the performances went off without a hitch. Everyone had an amazing time getting to know our peers at OSU, who will undoubtedly be other future professionals within our field — an extremely valuable networking opportunity that paved the way for a permanent friendship between our two schools.
At the end of the evening, once the new works had both opened and closed their premiere productions, we were very fortunate to receive awards for our work in the festival.
The TU Department of Theatre received the following accolades, decided on by a panel of judges from both TU and OSU.
- Best Actor – Robert Lovitt (business major, theatre minor, junior)
- Best Actress – Mia Graham (theatre sophomore)
- Best Director – Corey Allcorn (musical theatre junior)
- Fan Favorite – Murder at Hero’s Cross – directed by Jacob Patterson (theatre junior) and starring Aedan James (theatre freshman)
This experience was one that was enjoyed and will surely be treasured by all who attended moving forward in their academic careers. We thank the Department of Theatre and the Student Association for endorsing our participation in this festival and their never-ending support. A message of thanks has been given to the OSU Department of Theatre, with promise of collaboration between our two universities in the near future. We look forward to hosting our own event on campus and inviting surrounding universities to come and experience what makes TU so amazing in the upcoming 2017-18 theatrical season!
TU THEATRE 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:
- The Rocky Horror Show – October 2017
- WomenWorks 2017 – November 2017
- Grapes of Wrath – January 2018
- TBD – April 2018
For more information, contact Sandy Plaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-631-2566.