Encore! is proud to serve the Tulsa community through live entertainment, arts education, and professional actor training. Over the years, Encore! has helped aspiring actors of all ages live their dreams and find success in their acting careers. Click here to learn about a few of our accomplished students, and where they are now.
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What We Do
- Theatre Productions: We regularly perform stage productions at such venues as Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Tulsa Little Theatre. Auditions are generally open to all ages and experience levels, but some have additional requirements. Please refer to each show's audition notice for further details. Learn more about our upcoming productions.
- Acting Education: We hold classes, workshops, and summer camps to instruct actors of all ages (including adults) in theatre, film, improv, stage combat, directing, writing, and more. We can also bring our educational arts experiences to your school or homeschool group. All classes are taught my industry professionals. Learn more about our educational opportunities.
- Outreach: A child's financial situation should never prevent him/her from experiencing the arts. We regularly grant tuition scholarships and offer discounted and complimentary tickets to underprivileged and at-risk youth so they may experience the joy of live theatre. We also help non-profit groups fundraise for their organization. Learn more about our outreach programs.
- We are rapidly growing and expanding, so we continue to update our website with new artistic and educational opportunities.
Awards and Recognition
Encore! Tulsa is currently recognized as Tulsa's Best Entertainment by TulsaKids Magazine. Joshua and Mindy Barker have received the "You Make a Difference Award" from Family & Children Services for their contributions to the youth arts community. Encore! has also been recognized in Oklahoma Magazine's Best of the Best and TulsaKid's Family Favorites for the best theatre classes and productions in Tulsa. In 2012, the Encore! production of Winnie the Pooh received the Chaddy Award from the Tulsa PAC Trust for an exceptional and creative marketing campaign.
FoundersHusband-wife team, Joshua Branson Barker and Mindy Barker, founded Encore! in 2009. Together, they have co-directed all 40 of Encore's productions, plus over 30 shows for other theatre companies. They have taught many acting classes for youth and adults, as well as contributed to the community through special events, charity performances, and outreach programs. Joshua and Mindy are professional actors in the Film/TV/Theatre industry having performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. They are thrilled to bring exciting opportunities to their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as other regions.
JOSHUA BRANSON BARKER | Artistic DirectorFacebook | Instagram: @joshuabransonbarker
Joshua is the Founding Artistic Director and Resident Set Designer for Encore! and is an actor, playwright, author, and comedian. He has been active in the Tulsa theatre community since the age of 12 and began directing community theatre productions at the age of 17. He has performed at various comedy clubs in Los Angeles and worked in Entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood. Joshua has worked on feature films, including August: Osage County (produced by George Clooney and starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan MacGregor) and Te Ata, and the short film, Dragula (directed by Adam Shankman and starring Rob Riggle and Missi Pyle), as well as the CBS TV series, Baby Daddy. Joshua has directed and produced over 80 stage productions in addition to performing in nearly 90 stage productions in Tulsa and Los Angeles. Joshua and his wife, Mindy, have co-written the book, The Lost Pages of Cinderella: 24-Hour Assassination Operation, which is the first of a seven-part book series. He and Mindy have produced five original Lost Pages plays, and are currently writing the sixth. His favorite stage credits include It's a Wonderful Life (George Bailey), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Little Women (Theodore Lawrence), The Crucible (Reverend Hale), House & Garden (Barry Love), Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), A Christmas Story (The Old Man), and Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter), just to name a few.
MINDY BARKER | Managing DirectorWebsite | Facebook | Instagram & Twitter: @themindybarker
Mindy is the Founding Managing Director for Encore! and is an actress, director, producer, motivational speaker, and coach. Born and raised in Tulsa, Mindy's performing background began at the age of four as a pianist. However, she owes her passion for acting to Bishop Kelley High School and drama/speech instructor Erin Clark. Mindy has worked for NBC Universal in their VIP and Studio Tour departments. She has appeared in the feature film, Jersey Boys (directed by Clint Eastwood), as well as many television shows, including Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, Parks and Recreation, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Scandal, plus many commercials and industrial projects in the south central region. She has directed over 70 stage productions and acted in over 70 plays, including Wasatch Theatrical Ventures' award-winning production of The Diary of Anne Frank at the NoHo Arts Center in Los Angeles. Mindy has worked as an elementary and middle school drama teacher, and has since taught hundreds of acting classes, camps, and workshops in the Tulsa area. She enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with youth and bringing performing and educational opportunities to her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her favorite stage credits include Wait Until Dark (Susan), It's a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), House & Garden (Joanna Mace), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch), A Christmas Story (Mother), Alice in Wonderland (Tweedledum), and Narnia (White Witch).