Summer Classes

Since the early 1970’s American Theatre Company has pioneered and established the first statewide theatre arts education program and outreach program both in Oklahoma and in Tulsa schools. ATC’s Summer Conservatory provides training for youth interested in the live performing arts.

For many years now ATC has offered a Summer Theatre Camp for Creative Kids with two week classes each culminating with a live performance. ATC’s Summer Classes offer an exciting, dynamic exploration of all phases of theatre.

2016 Summer’s Classes:

Elementary aged campers can expect fun and an exciting and informative introduction to the fundamentals of musical theatre through improvisational games, the Meisner acting technique, and an introduction to musical theatre. This class will culminate in a performance of the charming original children’s musical play, The Pink O'possum.

Middle and High School will explore, learn, practice and hone the skills needed to compete in speech and debate competition.

Middle school and high school aged campers can expect a challenging session filled with a blend of fundamentals for performance for stage AND screen. We’ll visit solo and duo improvisation, scene work, comedy, how to audition, and writing for performance. Class will culminate with a series of live and taped performances.

Middle and High School will explore the Viola Spolin improvisation games which help students develop skills for growing actors. The Spolin technique is utilized by Chicago’s Second City as well as thousands of improvisational troupes world wide. Students develop the script, costumes and sets for a short play or series of sketches which culminate in a performance for friends and relatives.

All sessions will be taught using improvisational acting as the building block to performance. Improv technique draws from both the Viola Spolin technique and theater games refined by Improv Olympic and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

Join ATC Artist Educators for exciting two week classes, Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00, in Musical Theatre, Acting for the Stage, Sketch Comedy and in Improvisation, in the Tulsa’s East Village. Each session ends with a live presentation.

Get your kid off the couch and onto the stage this summer by calling ATC @ 918-747-9494, request information at or by contacting us through ATC’s Facebook page.

Pryor Rendering

American Theatre Company, Tulsa, and City Rep, in Oklahoma City,
will open their respective 2016-2017 seasons with the world premiere of a new Oklahoma musical based on the acclaimed novel by Oklahoma native Gary Reed. Pryor Rendering has been adapted for the stage by Shawn Churchman with music composed by Frank Schiro.

Pryor Rendering is the musical story of a young man coming of age and coming out in rural Oklahoma in the 60's. You can be one of the first to see a preview of Pryor Rendering and help bring this musical to the stage. The fundraising evening will include selections from the show as well as cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and an auction plus a chance to meet the creative staff, including novelist Gary Reed.

The production is truly MEO, made in Oklahoma. This Equity production will be a blend of the two theatre's talent and skills. The production will open City Reps season in September and then open ATC's season in October.

This fundraising preview will be Friday, February 19th at 7:00 PM at Cedar Ridge Country Club. Tickets are $75 of which $50 is tax deductible. To reserve your seat and to help bring this new Oklahoma musical to the stage call For more information call 405-848-3762.

Pryor Rendering the story:

In Pryor Oklahoma during the 1960’s, the promise of heaven and the stench of decay mingle in the air as young Charlie Hope and his hard-drinking grandfather, and fundamentalist Pentecostal mother harbor secrets of desire, drink and delusions. Pryor Rendering is Charlie’s coming-of-age story, where choosing love and the truth that lives in his heart nearly renders his family to the bone.

We meet Charlie Hope at 12 years old, and learn that he’s trying in any way he can to connect to those who are supposed to love him the most. Ida, Charlie’s mother, has a fierce and complicated relationship with Jesus, and it appears that she is much more dedicated to him than her only son. Chick, Charlie’s grandfather and the only adult figure in his life, is more interested in the local bars and the local ladies than he is in Charlie. To make matters worse, Charlie is confused and afraid of the feelings he’s have towards the local men and the boys at school.

By the time he is 17, with Chick now dead and Ida emotionally absent, Charlie feels alone and deserted. He then meets Dewar, a tough kid who lives in the local home for orphaned boys. These two outsiders find a common bond, and begin a deeply complex and somewhat frightening relationship neither of the boys can quite understand. Charlie believes he’s met his soul mate, but just as it seems he will find happiness, Dewar flees unexpectedly.

Again Charlie is alone, but now his anger hits the bottom, comfort and hope come from an unlikely source, summoning Charlie’s courage to reconcile with his mother. Charlie and Ida attempt to address the damage and secrecy that marks their previous relationship. At last free from the demons of his Pryor past, Charlie takes off for a better life, and finds his emotional and spiritual home in the most unlikely of places.

this very human and unique story is beautifully brought to life by it’s evocative and haunting score, (which is aurally found somewhere between “Violet” and “Floyd Collins”), and by a cast of colorful and utterly unique characters.

Please join us for this exciting evening in the theatre.