American Theatre Co.’s golden anniversary
ATC will kick off the historic season with a Golden Anniversary Gala at the Mayo Hotel on Aug. 3
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Since its founding in 1970 by Kitty Roberts and former University of Tulsa students Richard Ellis, Robert Odle, Richard Averill and Edward Durnal, American Theatre Co. “has grown to be one of the largest community advocates for theatrical arts in the diverse community of Tulsa,” says Chandler Hayes, ATC’s executive director.
ATC’s first home was an abandoned furniture store at East First and South Main streets. The company spent its first year on the road, with concurrent, sold-out and rave review shows. The Living Arts Center, now Living Arts of Tulsa, was the venue for local performances.
The company became an independent nonprofit in 1977. That same year, ATC’s popular musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” debuted at the Tulsa PAC.
In 2013, ATC moved into its own headquarters at 308 S. Lansing Ave., now known as Studio 308. Last April, it merged with Theater Pops.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, ATC will have a year-long display exhibit at Living Arts of Tulsa, featuring selected costumes worn by its actors and actresses in past productions.
“ATC will kick off the historic season with a spectacular Golden Anniversary Gala at the historic Mayo Hotel on Aug. 3,” Hayes says. “We are really excited about this season as we reflect back on our past but tackle some shows that have never been done in Tulsa.”