Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s story is an epic worthy of the Bard. In the midst of fires and floods, the company has continued to grow, and is today one of Oklahoma’s most treasured cultural assets.
Executive producer Jack O’Meara and artistic director Kathryn Huey O’Meara McGill originally founded Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (OS) in 1985. Their vision was to provide the local community, the state and Oklahoma students of every age with an opportunity to view Shakespeare and other classic authors the way they were meant to be experienced, in performance.
Jack and Kathryn felt strongly that Oklahoma deserved and could sustain a theater company devoted to the works of William Shakespeare and other great authors from the Western canon. They also believed that the outdoor productions enjoyed around the world would be just as popular in greater Oklahoma City.
The company currently offers a full, five play season at the Myriad Gardens and at the new theatre on Paseo, along with a Shakespeare camp for kids. During the school year, Oklahoma Shakespeare produces a play that serves the purposes of local teachers and offer workshops and lectures at special performances for this group. Additionally, they tour productions and offer residencies and workshops to schools throughout the state.
Oklahoma Shakespeare continually strives to produce bold, re-imagined and entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics, so that everyone regardless of cultural circumstance or background, can experience the transformative relevance of these works in their lives. They are committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience and to enrich themselves and the community through educational outreach.
OSP is a member agency of Allied Arts. OSP is also a member of STAA (the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America), the Institute of Outdoor Drama, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the Assembly of Community Arts Councils.
Today, OSP is firmly established as one of Oklahoma’s cultural treasures, entertaining and enlightening thousands of Oklahomans year-around.