Saturday, October 3, 2015

8 Ways to "Prove Yourself" to Casting Directors

There's more to booking an acting role than giving a solid performance in the audition room. Encore! Managing Director, Mindy Barker, explains 8 ways to prove to casting directors that you have what it takes to work on their next project.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thank you, Tulsa!

Thank you for a fantastic run of The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty this past weekend. If you missed our great feature on KJRH Channel 2 during the 5:00 news last night, click here to check it out!

What's next, you ask?

  • Fall 2015 Acting Classes and our NEW Pre-Professional Acting Program. Click on the "Acting Classes & Camps" page.
  • Mission: IMPROVible comedy show on September 18 at Tulsa Little Theatre. Click here for tickets and details.
  • Click on the Auditions page for information about how to be a part of our improv troupe, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Two Weeks 'til Opening Night!

The first week of our Peter Pan summer camp, Swashbuckling Summer Adventure, has ended. Check out today's blog post to see the cast list, plus some photos and updates of the camp's progress!

Monday, July 6, 2015

"To live would be an awfully big adventure." -Peter Pan

Today was the first day of our Peter Pan summer camp, Swashbuckling Summer Adventure, led by Encore! directors/founders, Joshua Branson Barker and Mindy Barker. Thirty talented kids and teens age 8-18 have embarked on a 3-week adventure to learn what it takes to produce a full-scale theatre production. Keep reading to learn about the fun experience the kids had today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Life Skills Learned in Theatre

At Encore! Tulsa, we foster an environment where actors can learn and grow. The instruction and experience we provide doesn't just help people become better actors. We help people become better... well, people.

Encore! Tulsa Managing Director, Mindy Barker, explains five important life skills that children, teens, and adults learn and develop by participating in our quality theatre program.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: The Lost Pages of Oz | June 12-14 at Tulsa Little Theatre

Click here to buy tickets now!

The Lost Pages of Oz presented by Encore! Tulsa June 12-14 at Tulsa Little Theatre
Tickets for THE LOST PAGES OF OZ are now on sale for $20 and may be purchased online at This hilarious, action-packed Wizard of Oz sequel runs June 12-14 at Tulsa Little Theatre, 1511 S. Delaware Ave. The Wicked Witch has returned, and her army of Winged Monkeys are swarming the land. The Wizard and Dorothy travel through time to fight alongside her old friends, plus Merlin, Rumpelstiltskin, and other new allies. Experience epic battles, pyrotechnics, modern humor, and beautiful sets and costumes in the comedic adventure to save Oz one and for all!
Posted by Encore! Theatre Arts on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Family-friendly comedy for only $5 this Saturday!

Comedy Night with
Mission: IMPROVible

Saturday, May 30
Doors open at 7:00pm
Show starts at 7:30pm
One Church: 1603 E. 141st St. Glenpool, OK

Tickets: $5 cash at the door

Monday, March 9, 2015

Auditions: Why Didn't I Get the Part?

Casting a theatre production is not an easy task. As casting directors, we have the opportunity to make dreams come true. But for every wish that's granted, there are dozens of hearts that are broken. Entertainment is a tough business, but it can be a rewarding experience if you have the right attitude.

Click here to read our blog post to learn about auditions from a casting director's point of view and better understand what's going on when you don't get get cast or don't get the part you wanted.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thank you, Tulsa! - The Lost Pages of Wonderland

Joshua Branson Barker, Blake Lewis, Christopher Miller,
Ron Terrell, and Chrissy Lewis in a scene from
The Lost Pages of Wonderland
Thank you to everyone who attended The Lost Pages of Wonderland last weekend at Tulsa Little Theatre. We appreciate those who braved the winter weather to support our fantastic actors.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Things That Make Casting Directors Happy at Auditions

As if there aren't enough thoughts running through your mind at an audition, here are 21 things that make casting directors happy in the audition room.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10 Reasons Why You Weren't Cast

You recently auditioned for a play, film, or other project. You are talented, energetic, and hopeful. However, you didn't get cast and you want to know why. Although it will always be difficult to overcome the feeling of disappointment you have when you don't get the role you wanted, here's a little insight to help you understand the reasoning behind the decisions a casting director makes.

Monday, January 12, 2015

How Theatre Prepares Youth for Adulthood

Encore! directors, Joshua Branson Barker and Mindy Barker, explain how participating in a theatre program can make a lasting impact on the lives of kids and teens. Participating in a quality theatre program like Encore! Tulsa not only helps kids become better performers, but better adults, leaders, communicators, collaborators, employees, friends, problem-solvers, and public speakers.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Importance of Acting Classes

"The minute you get away from fundamentals-- whether it's proper technique, work ethic, or mental preparation-- the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you're doing." -Michael Jordan 

Regardless of age or experience level, actors need to attend classes to develop their skills, reinforce their strengths, and develop their weaknesses. Classes give actors the chance to grow and stretch their skills in ways that participating in a play cannot. Instructors also help identify bad habits, teach new techniques, and offer practical advice for not only your acting abilities, but also your career.