Ozark Actors Theatre
- Family Entertainment/Recreation
- Performing Arts
Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT), is a hidden jewel in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. OAT is one of only three professional summer stock theatres in out state Missouri. Located in Rolla, OAT is a non-profit organization. Founded in 1987 by Gail Andrews-Hintz, a Rolla native returning from New York, and F. Reed Brown; along with a founding Board of Trustees consisting of citizens from Rolla, Cuba, Waynesville and other communities in south central Missouri, the desire of these interested citizens was to bring quality live professional theatre to the Ozarks.
OAT first opened its doors to area audiences in 1988 with the production of Godspell in the historic converted First Baptist Church known as the Cedar Street Playhouse. In 1989 Ozark Actors Theatre achieved status as an Equity Small Professional Theatre affiliated with the national union of professional actors and stage managers.
The Cedar Street Playhouse became the permanent home of OAT in 1993 when the facility was available for purchase. Launching a successful campaign for the purchase of the building, the Board was also able to add permanent theatre seating and long-awaited air conditioning. In 1996, operations had grown to the point where the first full-time managing director was employed. Since that time, OAT has remained as a positive presence in south central Missouri with its continued growth. Today the Cedar Street Playhouse is in use year round by not only the OAT Company, but also other area groups, providing quality live entertainment, classes and other events for this area.
Whom to Contact
- Alex FreemanArtistic DirectorPhone: (573) 364-9523
- Laura LightManaging DirectorPhone: (573) 364-9523
The Cedar Street Playhouse is located at the corner of Cedar and 7th Streets in Rolla. Ample free parking on the street and in the two adjoining lots.