Orbit Initiative will culminate in “The Tempest”

The free performance of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” is June 8-9 at the PAC.



Valerie Wei-Haas

“Art is everyone’s right, and the creation of it can happen regardless of where you live,” says Jeremy Stevens, learning and development coordinator for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Stevens oversees the Orbit Initiative, the PAC Trust’s new educational program that works with community partners across the city to bring free arts education to those who might not normally feel at home in a traditional theater setting.

The program provides teachers for classes in disciplines like dance/movement, poetry and improvisation at seven citywide locations, including the Greenwood Cultural Center, Hicks Park Community Center and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The free classes occur throughout the year and are open to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of age.

“For the past 42 years, I’m not sure the PAC has been everyone’s place,” Stevens says. “What we want is to bring down all of those obstacles that have excluded people so that everyone knows this is truly their place, and they’re at home when they’re here.”

The Orbit Initiative culminates in a free performance of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” June 8-9 at the PAC. Participants in the initiative will be a part of the cast, with the PAC Trust providing transportation and meals for the performers on rehearsal and performance days.

“We are using three words to guide us during this journey: kind, generous and brave,” Stevens says. “This isn’t just about theater. This is about living your life as a good human.” 

June 8-9 — Community performance of ‘The Tempest’

7 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St. Free; for all ages. Reserve tickets at tulsapac.com or in person at the box office.

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