President, Elk City
Tiphani Currell is the owner of ‘Behind the Seams’ (Elk City), costume, rental, sales and alterations. She has been involved 30+ years with various community theatres (Red Carpet Community Theatre in Elk City and Southwest Playhouse in Clinton). Currently the director of the “Sagebrush Penguin Project” and “Untitled Pop Up Theatre.” She has attended many OCTA functions, festivals and conferences over the years.
Liz Dotson lives in Northwest Oklahoma and is President of OnStage Woodward. She has been involved in the theatre there for many years. Liz has participated in the last three OCTAfest festivals as cast, including directing one year, and has gone to the Regional AACT festival twice. For her day job, Liz works for DHS in child welfare doing foster care and adoptions, and is also Mayor of May, Oklahoma. She has one teenage daughter Samantha, who is learning the love of being on stage, as well as being passionate about stage managing.
Gina got her start with community theatre quite by accident. She took her oldest daughter to audition for “Annie” and Gina won the role of Miss Hannigan. The rest is history!
She has served on the board of Duncan Little for two separate terms. She loves to look for grant funding and other donors who support the arts. Her favorite saying is, “It is not what you know but who you know has what you want to borrow”. And she is dubbed ‘the costumer’ currently for DLT as she usually sews something for every show! Her fulltime career is as a registered nurse managing the ICU at Duncan Regional Hospital. She has been married to Andy for over 30 years and they are the proud parents of three talented children and one very handsome grandson. She is excited to be on a state board representing the live arts.
Treasurer, Sand Springs
Patty’s interest in theatre began in High School when she was cast as Laurey in the Musical Oklahoma!. At Oklahoma State University, she was a part of the Student Entertainers and traveled throughout Oklahoma singing with the OSU Gospel Singers. She also took acting and vocal lessons in college but graduated with a degree in Recreation – the only Public Service degree at the time. Her career work was 26 years with Tulsa County Parks where she coordinated many classes and events, including drama camps and the Tulsa Easter Pageant. She has been involved with Sand Springs Community Theatre since it’s 2007 inception serving on the board as Secretary, President and is currently the Production Manager. She loves Production Managing because this involves her in some way with every show SSCT does. She has also stage managed and played many character roles with SSCT. Patty is also serving on the Sand Springs City Council and believes that SSCT is a vital component of economic development and leisure service. “I believe being involved in theatre management on a statewide level will give me valuable insight from some of the best in the business that I can take back to Sand Springs. Hopefully my management training and experience will be an asset to OCTA and we can show donors / sponsors what an impact Community Theatre has in their constituents lives.”
Past President, Ardmore
Noel Collins is an English/Speech/Debate teacher at Ardmore Collins. In addition he teaches Theatre History, Speech, and Acting for Murray State College. He has been involved with Ardmore Little Theatre since 1997. He has directed, acted, and designed in some capacity for the last 21 years in the theatre community.
Retired – KPMG LLP worked in federal tax, SALT and exempt organization practices. OCTA has given me the opportunity to work with and to learn about theatre companies from all over the great State of Oklahoma. Through my association with OCTA serving as Past President and Treasurer I have been fortunate to now be involved at the national level as American Association of Community Theatres Board of Directors serving as Region VI Representative.
Charlie Burns is a former teacher of theatre, stagecraft, English, reading, and yearbook in both the Woodward and Putnam City school districts. Charlie is a past president for OnStage Woodward, a non-profit theatre troupe and one of the founding organizations of OCTA. He is the former Executive Director for the Woodward Arts and Theatre Council and former General Manager of the Woodward Arts and Theatre and Josie Adams Cultural Centre. Mr. Burns holds a Master Degree in Secondary Education and Bachelor Degrees in Speech/Theatre and Mass Communications from NWOSU.
Burns relocated to Edmond from Woodward in 2018. While living in Woodward, Burns served on the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Boards of Directors, Envision Woodward Strategic Planning Committee, Northwest Pageants Board, NWOSU-Woodward Alumni Task Force, and the Woodward Public Schools Guiding Coalition. He has been a grant panelist for the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program.
In his spare time, he can be found exploring historic structures, volunteering for various clubs and organizations, attending live theatre events, and spending time with his incredible husband, Jason, and his perfect daughter, Amelia. Burns has a love of creating arts education opportunities for our future generations.
Sharon first became involved in OCTA when Duncan Little Theatre hosted the 1995 state theatre festival, OCTAfest, in Duncan. She has been actively involved in the arts since age 5 when she was a tree in the class play. She holds a Theatre Arts degree from Texas Tech, a masters from Cameron U, and a Governor’s Arts Award in 2010. She retired from teaching middle school in 2011 and now teaches with Hodgson Studio of Music and Drama and serves as a theatre consultant. As actor, director, producer, board member, volunteer for Duncan Little Theatre, she directed the OCTAfest 2012 advancing show “The Dixie Swim Club”.
Diane graduated from the University of Minnesota. She has served on the Board since 1993. She has volunteered and/or performed with Theatre Tulsa, Broken Arrow Community Theatre, Heller Theatre, and Actors Theatre in Tulsa. She has performed with Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City. She is married and has three children, three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Shelly has been involved in community theatre for 30 years. She helped start McAlester Community Theatre in 1997. She is currently the president and has served as the president for 16 years. She loves acting and directing. She is involved in almost every show in some capacity. She works full time for the Pepsi Company and is married with two children. She is excited to be a part of the OCTA board.
Rebecca Fry has served several years on the OCTA Board of Directors. She has been a volunteer at Shawnee Little Theatre for over 20 years. Rebecca has a passion for live theatre and wants to share it with others.
Tom has been passionately active in community theatre for more than 50 years. He has acted, direted, and performed technical work in varioius theatre for more than 200 productions. Recently, he started an innovative theatre (ReACT) dedicated to teaching all aspects of commuity theatre experience.
He as been the AACT Region VI Rep, has served as V.P. for Planing and Development, continues to serve on several committees and recipient of the AACT Fellow Award.
Tom helped develop BEEP, a theatre board training seminar which has been presented in several states including OK.
Currently Tom serves as Advisor to the OCTA Board. In his non-theatre life, Dr. Cowley was a reserach manager for a Fortune 100 company. Tom is retired and enjoys his time with wife Linda.
Past OCTA President and Treasurer. Co-Owner of Currell’s Doit Center, Past President of the Elk City Rotary Club, married, and mother of three daughters.
Steve lives in Shawnee and is currently the Vice President of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS. He is involved with Shawnee Little Theatre.