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MAX WEITZENHOFFER

MAX WEITZENHOFFER

Mr. Weitzenhoffer is a highly acclaimed independent producer of New York and London theatre productions. On Broadway he has won two Tony Awards for producing The Will Rogers Follies and Dracula. He was awarded the 2001 Olivier Award (England’s equivalency of the Tony) for producing Defending the Caveman. Other Broadway and West End productions to his credit include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Blood Knot, Burn This, and Largely, New York. In London’s West End he has produced the highly acclaimed revival of the classic Medea, which won the 2001 Evening Standard Award for both Best Actress Fiona Shaw and Best Director Deborah Warner. Additionally, he has produced the revivals of A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta-Jones, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Christian Slater, A Moon for The Misbegotten starring Kevin Spacey, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? staring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin and a new satire on the current British government called Feel Good, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. Off-Broadway he produced Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down, The Road To Mecca, and Eating Raoul.

In the winter of 2001, Mr. Weitzenhoffer purchased the Vaudeville Theatre on London’s Strand Avenue and has since reorganized the Theatre’s general management business. During the summer of 2005, following extensive negotiations, Mr. Weitzenhoffer purchased four additional West End theatres in London from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber including the Apollo, the Duchess, the Lyric and the Garrick. On January 5, 2006, The Stage Magazine listed him as one of the top five most powerful people in West End Theatre.

Mr. Weitzenhoffer is involved with or has served many professional organizations including a Trustee of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, President of New Dramatists, Director of Theatre Works USA, an officer with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, President of Circle Repertory Company, and a member of the League of New York Theatres and Producers.

As a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s School of Drama, Mr. Weitzenhoffer has been the largest contributor to OU fine and performing arts. In 1998, Mr. Weitzenhoffer provided the funding to begin The Weitzenhoffer Department of Musical Theatre at OU, a program that has quickly risen to become one of the most prestigious training grounds for musical theatre artists in the country. In 2000, Mr. Weitzenhoffer bestowed the university with his late mother, Clara’s, collection of twenty-two Impressionist paintings. The collection contains the work of Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh among many others, it is the largest single gift in OU history and the most important donation of French Impressionism art ever made to a public university. Governor Brad Henry appointed Mr. Weitzenhoffer to a seven-year term as a University of Oklahoma Regent in 2003. Mr. Weitzenhoffer has since been reappointed for an additional term. On March 25, 2004, the Board of Regents unanimously chose to rename the College of Fine Arts, which encompasses the Schools of Drama, Dance, Art and Musical Theatre, “The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts” in honor of Mr. Weitzenhoffer’s unequaled contribution to the fine and performing arts at the University of Oklahoma. Awards from the University of Oklahoma included the 1992 Regents Alumni Award, the 1988 Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Citation and an Honorary Doctorate during the 2000 Commencement ceremonies. In 1994 Mr. Weitzenhoffer was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

JAMES GARNER

James Garner

World famous and Oscar nominated actor James Garner has made numerous contributions to The University of Oklahoma School of Drama. Garner has made countless visits to the School and has met with hundreds of students to share his experience and expertise to help each and every student grow.

RUSS TREYZ

RUSS TREYZ

Drama Desk Award winning director Russ Treyz joined The University of Oklahoma School of Drama for several months this past fall to direct the 2010 mainstage production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Students, staff and faculty alike loved working with Russ and the production marked the return of the School of Drama to the Holmburg Hall stage in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center since its renovation & reopening in 2005.

WAYNE RAWLEY

WAYNE RAWLEY

Playwright Wayne Rawley brought his Spring 2010 stay with the School of Drama to an end after a widely successful run of his play Live! From the Last Night of my Life. Wayne was selected as the 2010 Faith Broome Playwright-In-Residence winner and not only watched the first ever production of his play, but worked with students as a Playwriting instructor during his time here.

LOUIS BROOME

LOUIS BROOME

Playwright Louis Broome collaborated with us on our production of his play, Texarkana Waltz and visits our campus frequently. He is an integral part of the Faith Broome Playwright-In-Residence program and helps select which play the School of Drama will adopt and produce.

 

BOB LAVALLEE

BOB LAVALLEE

Bob Lavallee is a professional designer who has worked on hundreds of productions all over the nation. Lavallee designed the School of Drama production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2009.

JOEL FERRELL

Joel Ferrell

Joel Ferrell is currently an Artistic Associate at the Dallas Theatre Center and has worked with The University of Oklahoma for several years directing productions and training actors. In Spring 2009, Mr. Ferrell directed the School of Drama's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream which was set in a modern day New York rave club.

FRANK GILSON

Frank Gilson

Frank Gilson is a generous patron and donor to the School of Drama, supporting each performance and many special projects though out the year. He provided the funds that allowed a vast basement classroom in Old Science Hall to be converted to an intimate performing space named The Gilson Studio Theater.

CHRISTOPHER BOYD

CHRISTOPHER BOYD

New York Director and Choreographer Christopher Boyd came to The University of Oklahoma in 2009 to direct a children's show in which Boyd co-wrote with Allen Robertson called The Bremen Town Musicians. Christopher has worked on numerous productions and continues to work and choreograph for professional theaters big and small.

 

 

MO AND RICHARD ANDERSON

MO AND RICHARD ANDERSON

Founders of the Faith Broome Playwright-In-Residence program, Mo and Richard Anderson have endowed The University of Oklahoma with one of the greatest educational opportunities in School of Drama history. Each year, one playwright is selected to live on campus and work with a director to mount their chosen play. Without Mo and Richard's gracious gifts, this program would not exist.

LARRY DRAKE

Larry Drake

OU Alumnus and famed actor Larry Drake performed the role of the grandfather in the 2004 OU University Theatre production of You Can't Take It With You.