G.T. Bynum Named ‘Champion of the Arts’

THEATRE TULSA HONOREE: Susan Bynum (left) and City Councilor G.T. Bynum hold the Champion of the Arts award with Theatre Tulsa Artistic Director Sara Phoenix (second from right) and her husband Jay Phoenix (right) at the Theatre Tulsa 2015 Broadway Bash.

Courtesy Theatre Tulsa

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum was honored as Theatre Tulsa’s 2015 “Champion of the Arts” at the theatre company’s recent Broadway Bash.

The award highlights one individual from the Tulsa area who has been a strong advocate for local arts over the previous year. Bynum was selected this year because of his defense of public arts programs during the most recent city budget negotiations.

“Throughout my life I’ve seen how the arts change lives, both my own and those of others. I am thankful my city council colleagues and I were able to save arts programs that positively impact the lives of Tulsans, young and old. Coming from an organization like Theatre Tulsa, which is doing so much to advance the performing arts in our community, this means a great deal,” Bynum says.

Broadway Bash is Theatre Tulsa’s annual spring fundraiser. The event featured live performances of Broadway showtunes by local performers, a sing-along cabaret, a mixologist competition and the first public announcement of Theatre Tulsa 93rd season.

The 2015-16 season features five productions in Theatre Tulsa’s mainstage “Broadway Series.” The shows include: “Miss Saigon,” “The Great Gatsby,” “A Chorus Line,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The season also features three youth productions by Theatre Tulsa Family, “Cats,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and a holiday show to be announced in the future.

Theatre Tulsa’s New Stage series will feature “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and the most-recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Flick.”

For questions or more information about Theatre Tulsa and its upcoming shows and programs, visit theatretulsa.org, call 918-587-8402 or email info@theatretulsa.org
Theatre Tulsa’s Broadway Bash was made possible by a generous grant from the Gelvin Foundation and sponsorship by American Airlines.

About Theatre Tulsa
Theatre Tulsa is the Tulsa area’s leading nonprofit civic theatre, providing professional-level productions and artistic experience to local audiences and performers.

Theatre Tulsa has been responsible for bringing hundreds of productions to Tulsans. It premiered the first-ever community theatre productions of “Our Town” (1939), “All My Sons” (1947), the musical “Brownstone” (1985), “Miracle on 34th Street: A Musical Adaptation” (1993 – an original musical written for Theatre Tulsa), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (2003) and the first American production of “Pitmen Painters” (2011).

Theatre Tulsa received the city’s first Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence () for its production of “Up the Down Staircase” in 2009. The company received additional awards in 2013 for its production of “Boeing-Boeing” and its collaborative youth production of “Hamlet,” plus its 2014 production of “Clybourne Park.”

Theatre Tulsa was named “Oklahoma’s Community Theatre of the Year” by the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association in 2011 and received its OCTAVision award in 2013. Theatre Tulsa received the national Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award by the American Association of Community Theatres in 2015.

Theatre Tulsa’s season is sponsored by a grant from Mix 96 and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.Theatre Tulsa is the longest continuously-operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River and the seventh oldest in the United States.

Updated 03-23-2015

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