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In 2003 I became the founder and artistic director of Oaklandon Civic Theatre (OCT).  For 14 years I have experienced the joy of seeing so many talented people on our stage, as well as having had the pleasure of working with eight local playwrights.  We have achieved much success.   Four of our plays were accepted into the Spirit & Place Festival, and we have collaborated with two other theatres in the production of our plays. More than anything, we have attracted a loyal following of dedicated patrons for whom I am most grateful.

In 2013 I also founded Candlelight Theatre (CT) at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. CT has been expanding its season, and this expansion has made it difficult for me to continue in the role of artistic director for OCT. Thus, with great sadness, I have resigned from the artistic director position.

I want to thank everyone who has worked with me at OCT over the past 14 years – the directors, playwrights, actors, costumers, set designers and builders, technicians, visual artists, house managers, intermission hosts, box office volunteers, and publicists. I especially want to thank Bonnie May who had operated Bonnie’s Café during intermission, giving our theatre an extra touch of hospitality.

To the many patrons who have graced our building, a big thank you of appreciation.

The board of OCT has decided that the theatre will be in a hiatus until a definite decision can be made about its direction and future.  I have talked with the OCT president to determine the best possible way to ascertain that our patrons could still enjoy the talents of the OCT “regulars.”  As many of us are also members of the CT troupe, we ask you to visit http://bhpsite.org/events/signature-events/candlelight-theatre for upcoming productions.

Thank you again for your support, your work, you interest, and your patronage. I am going to miss OCT.


Donna Wing





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