2023 Conference

OCTA Conference and Awards Luncheon

Join us for our 2023 Annual Conference, Saturday, October 21st!

This year’s Workshops, Annual Meeting, and Awards Luncheon will be at Sand Springs Community Theatre located at 14 W 4th in Sand Springs!

Workshops Include:
– 8 (or more) Steps to Success in Your Community Theatre
– Storytelling, Improv, Podcasts and More
– Senior Theatre: Musicals? (Reader’s Theatre)
– Do More Good With Less Hassle: AI for Nonprofit Leaders.

Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon to follow!
The admission price of $45 for OCTA Individual Members or $50 for Non-OCTA Individual Members, includes 2 workshops and lunch.  At door registration begins at 9:30 AM.


8 (or more) Steps to Success in Your Community Theatre

presented by Martha Cherbini

10:00 AM

A round table discussion of ideas for making your theatre a larger part of your community’s cultural and economic fabric.

Martha Cherbini is an attorney currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her love for community theatre began when she attended AACTFest in 1999 and has continued through attendance at more than twenty festivals in the AACT system since that time. She has directed many productions at various community theatres, including one, “The Gin Game,” which advanced to the National AACTFest in Rochester, New York in 2011. She began adjudicating after completing the AACT adjudicator training in 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota. Martha has served on the AACT Board of Directors since 2018.

Storytelling, Improv, Podcasts and More

presented by Julie Tattershall

10:00 AM

Get excited about the possibilities of Improv, Storytelling and Podcasts!  Come with your favorite theatre ghost story and we will workshop a few stories!

Senior Theatre: Musicals? (Reader's Theatre)

presented by Julie Tattershall

11:00 AM

Learn tips and tricks on how to direct for Reader’s Theatre.  Discussion and examples of creating a touring Senior Theatre troupe in your community. 

Masters in Human Relations from OU Directed Orbit Senior Citizens “Guys and Dolls” with Jeremy Stevens. Retired Artisic Director for Clark and Heller Theatre Touring original production of ‘Aesop Afoot’ 2012 Mary Kay Place Legacy Award for lifetime achievement to Tulsa Theatre Community 2014 Hall of Honor from OCTA

Do More Good With Less Hassle: AI for Nonprofit Leaders.

presented by Jarrod Kopp Executive Director, Theatre Tulsa

11:00 AM

Do you feel overwhelmed by the demands of your theatre? Do you wish you had more time and energy to focus on your vision, mission, and purpose? If so, this presentation will show you how AI can transform your nonprofit work for the better. Learn how to leverage AI tools to streamline your work, save time, and communicate better.

Jarrod Kopp is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he studied journalism and theatre. He has spent more than 25 years in various communications fields including journalism, PR, advertising, and corporate communications. During those years, Jarrod spent his spare evenings working with various local theatre companies as an actor and director while also consulting with them pro bono on branding and marketing. Jarrod was part of the original team that rescued Theatre Tulsa from near-bankruptcy in 2012, and applied his business experience and passion for theatre into a massive reinvigoration of the company that is still growing rapidly to this day.

Awards Nominations

Now Accepting Nominations!

OCTA is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at this year’s conference, October 21, 2023.  We would like to encourage you to recognize those special people that help keep your theatre alive and help us meet our mission of promoting excellence in theatre.

2023 Oklahoma Community Theatre Association Awards:

  • Anothony Batchelder Website Award
  • Bill Crawford Memorial Award
  • Bravo Award
  • Charles Hair OCTA Volunteer of the Year
  • Corporation of the Year
  • Hall of Honor
  • Jeanne Adams Wray Special Recognition Award
  • New Theatre of the Year
  • OCTAVision
  • Theatre of the Year


Previous years’ honored recipients can be found here.

The full list of available awards and their summaries are listed on the nomination form:  CLICK HERE

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 13, 2023 at 5PM CST.

Annual Meeting

Our Last Annual Meeting was held October 8, 2022 at Carpenter Square Theatre
Join us at our Awards Luncheon for our 2023 Annual Meeting