Arts graduate study brings hope, but fails to address tough issue

In case you missed it, I wrote an article about a study released by Indiana University regarding arts graduates. The study of 13,600 arts graduates found that 92 percent found some type of employment in their field within one year of graduation. Those surveyed range from theater to architecture graduates.

While the study revealed mostly positive statistics, as it was conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, it ceased to take an important area into consideration —  artists’ pay level and revenue satisfaction. About 30 percent of formal professional artists surveyed indicated that debt, including student loans was a reason for pursuing a different career path.

I interviewed Jamie Buxton, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, and David Herendeen, an OCU professor for the article, which examined pursuing an acting/music theater degree in Oklahoma.

To view the full article published in The Oklahoman and Look at OKC, visit NewsOK.com.

 

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Performers share summer plans

Chaz Wolcott

Sidney Kounkel

Roger Ellis

Michelle Luneau

A challenge college artists often face is finding a summer performance job.

While some performers are lucky to score a gig, it’s essential for artists to continue their training during the summer months, said Elizabeth Bork, a Radio City Rockette.

Here’s how some student artists from Oklahoma City University plan to spend their summer:

Kounkel, dance performance sophomore, will intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City from June through August. Kounkel said she will work at a trucking company completing clerical tasks until the internship begins.

Roger Ellis, theater performance senior, will perform in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “42nd Street” at Lyric Theatre, 1727 Northwest 16th St. Ellis said he will pursue a master’s degree in music theater at San Diego State University in the fall.

Michelle Luneau, graduate dance, will compete as Miss OCU in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant June 8-12 at  Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Chaz Wolcott, dance performance senior, also will perform in “42nd Street” at Lyric Theatre during the summer.

Graduates of Oklahoma City University often continue their performance careers. Here are a few venues where alumni are dancing:

  • Dorney Park………………………………………….Allentown, Pa.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Seminar……………… Dallas, Texas
  • Six Flags………………………………………………….Atlanta, Ga.
  • Music Theatre of Wichita…………………………..Wichita, Kan.
  • Frontier City………………………………….Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Lyric Theatre Productions…………………Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival…………..Williamstown, Mass.
  • Timberlake Playhouse………………………………Mt. Carroll, Ill.
  • Mac-Hayden Theater………………………………..Chatham, N.Y.
  • Busch Gardens…………………………………….Williamsburg, Va.
  • Paramount Kings Island……………………………..Mason, Ohio
  • Tulsa Ballet……………………………………………….Tulsa, Okla.
  • Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz……………….Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • River North Chicago Dance Company……………….Chicago, Ill.
  • Houston Metropolitan Dance Company………..Houston, Texas
  • Music Theatre West……………………………..Long Beach, Calif.
  • Harris Golman Productions……………………..San Diego, Calif.
  • Follies Bergere……………………………………….Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Walt Disney World…………………………………….Orlando, Fla.
  • Disneyland Resort…………………………………..Anaheim, Calif.
  • Tokyo Disney Resort…………………………………..Tokyo, Japan