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Oklahoma City Community College

Visual and Performing


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Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater • Patrons will be able to take advantage of the concession stand, which will offer a variety of snacks and beverages.

• OCCC made a conscious decision to put 55 lines in the theater, expandable to 58. These lines control curtains, lights and sets.

• The stage has a 50 foot proscenium opening that can be adjusted to 40 feet, and has an additional 12 feet from the curtain to the edge of the pit.

• The OCCC VPAC Theater’s 55 lines are set on 10 inch centers allowing the theater to host large Broadway touring productions.

• The orchestra pit can accommodate a 20-piece orchestra. • The theater is equipped with a Wenger Diva Acoustical Shell which turns the theater into a concert hall.

• The Sarkeys Atrium is 5,300 sq. ft. in the round with wings measuring 720 sq. ft. each. The atrium features three story high windows with electric shades. • The theater is ADA compliant with accessible seating on all levels and an accessible elevator for technical staff.

• The backstage area, from curtain line to the back wall, is 45 feet. Wing space measures 19 feet wide, giving productions plenty of room to work. • The theater curtain arrangement allows for acoustics to be livened or deadened, creating a true multipurpose performance hall. • On stage, productions have access to three different sets of travelers (curtains).

• The theater is equipped with the same state-of-the-art light and sound equipment that can be found in facilities such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. • Performers will have access to two private dressing rooms with private showers and two group dressing rooms with 28 lockers and 18 mirrored makeup stations. • With the flip of a switch, the theater can become a movie theater with 7.1 surround sound.









Inasmuch Foundation Gallery and “Crescendo” • The gallery features a flexible non-florescent lighting scheme that can feature all types of art in the best possible light. • Separating the gallery from the theater hall is a NanaWall, used in many highend commercial projects. The wood framed glass NanaWall allows visitors the opportunity to see into the gallery even when it’s not open. • Students will be able to utilize the gallery to show off their own artwork and gain valuable experience as a docent. • The gallery is currently featuring the art of Desmond Mason. His exhibition will be on display until March 1. • The college will host a variety of art shows year round. Hours for public viewing will soon be set.

• In the Women of the South Plaza stands the 14 foot tall sculpture by local artist Collin Rosebrook entitled “Crescendo,” a modern representation of the initials of the college. The sculpture was made possible through the generous donation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Stone City Attractions.



The Inasmuch Foundation Gallery has flexible exhibition space that can be arranged for any type of art that is being displayed.

Visual and Performing Arts Center Academics • The six multipurpose classrooms are set up with equipment for the arts, featuring surround sound, multiple projectors and a piano, but also can be used for a variety of classes. Each room can hold up to 40 students.

• Visiting productions have rented out the studio for their shoots, and many hire OCCC students to work during filming.

• The 12 programs that are a part of the center: Film and Video Production, Art, Speech, Spanish, Broadcasting, Theatre Arts, Photography, Music, Journalism, Graphic Communications, French and Public Relations.

• The studio features state-of-the-art film equipment including a RED One Cinema Cam, which has been used on such films as The Hobbit and Thor: The Dark World.

• The P. B. Odom III Family Ceramics & Pottery Lab allows students to work on pottery, ceramics and mosaics. The lab features a sand pit, two kilns and more than a dozen pottery wheels. • The Kirkpatrick Foundation Film and Video Studio is one of the largest spaces in the center. At more than 6000 sq. ft., it’s constructed of steel and concrete to reduce noise vibration and has its own ventilation system. Adjacent to the studio is a scene shop that gives students the ability to build their own sets and props.

• OCCC students have shown their films at festivals across the world.

• The Paul W. Sechrist Music Lab is a unique space that gives students a place to gather and study or do homework. The lab is also equipped with 12 music study stations, each with a computer, headphones and an electric keyboard. These stations allow students to practice or compose music without disrupting fellow students. • The facility also houses the Desmond Mason Painting and Drawing Lab and the Randy, Pati, & Levi Thurman Screen Printing Lab and two recording studios. • The Mike and Sharon Voorhees Digital Photography Classroom and Lab features

20 Mac stations for photo processing and an attached lighting studio. • The Norick Family Film & Sound Editing Lab gives students an opportunity to work with industry standard software. The lab features 23 Mac dual monitor stations, an interactive teacher station and a dedicated server. • The Edward Krei Family Rehearsal Room seats up to 150 students and provides rehearsal space for three college choir groups and three bands. • Oklahoma City Community College was given a generous gift of a Steinway Concert Grand Piano. When not in use, the piano will be stored in a special humidity controlled room. • Students and faculty have access to eight teaching studios, each equipped with a piano. The studios allow for private oneon-one music instruction. • The VPAC also has six practice rooms, each with a piano, for students to practice their instruments or vocals in private.





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12 The Visual and Performing Arts Center phase one was completed in 2007; the theater, in phase two, completed in 2014.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination: As an open admissions college offering associates degrees and certificates, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or status as a veteran in admissions, financial aid, educational services, employment or any educational programs or activities. The Director of Equal Opportunity coordinates compliance with and answers inquiries about OCCC’s nondiscrimination policies. The Director of Equal Opportunity may be reached at 405.682 .7542. OCCC is located at 7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, 405.682.1611.

VPAC Theater Booklet