THE OAKLAND CENTER for the Arts
& KIDS FIRST THEATER INITIATIVE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A PLACE WHERE OUR YOUTH CAN IMAGINE AND CREATE.
Award-winning community theatre with educational based programs in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Oakland Center is bringing up the next generation of actors in the Mahoning Valley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Come and watch an Oakland Center show.
Musical and dramas are performed by actors
 
Even the Cowardly Lion knows how to act.

OUR BEGINNINGS

 

Since 1986,

The Oakland has performed a wide variety of Broadway and Off Broadway theater to Youngstown, Ohio crowds.


Extending our presence

We're bringing back our Magic Carpet Professional Theater Troop. A professional child's touring company founded in 2002. They bring regionally and locally written shows to children from preschool through 8th grade in N.E. Ohio and W. Pennsylvania into schools and libraries. #fromthepagetothestage

Many new Adults and Kids participating

We hold auditions and performances in our new venue, at Trinity Fellowship Church, participate in local festivals to bring awareness to the community of our new spirit to shine for us all.

Come to a Show!

We are excited with our new venues and want to share them with you!

 
 
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The Oakland Center for the Arts (hereafter OCA) exists as a catalyst for creative expression. As such, we present and foster diverse artistic vision. We are dedicated to the premise that the visual and performing arts will find both a voice and an audience at the OCA. The Oakland Center for the Arts is organized to provide a resource facility where diverse expressions of creativity by and for the community can occur. The Oakland is dedicated to the premise that theater, film, music, literature and the visual arts will find both a voice and an audience at the Center. Our purpose is to create a dialogue within our community about pertinent issues through a progressive theatre and gallery program; to provide outreach into underserved communities; and to provide area and regional artists with an alternative space to grow artistically.

The Oakland has evolved over the years: from our first donated space, an Oakland car dealership on Mahoning Ave., to its next home in the Community Center on Fifth Ave. to a 'lil theater in Girard (very temporary digs while we set up shop in our permanent home) to our current location, The Morley Arts Building at 220. W. Boardmand St. in Downtown Ytown. It was our founding members' hope that the Oakland find a permanent space downtown, and we've held tight to our lovely nook for the past 10 years with no plans to go anywhere else. We share our beautiful building (a converted Elks Lodge) with Ballet Western Reserve.

Over the past 23 years, we've staged over 150 full-length productions, countless workshops and one-acts, dozens of community partnerships, lots of indie film screenings, rock shows, rentals, and gallery shows in the Star Gallery. Recently we've added an Improv Comedy Night, featuring Spot On! Productions.

The Oakland is a non-profit organization so we run entirely on donations and revenue from shows. We employ no direct staff, so we really rely on our amazing volunteers and Board members to get things done. The Board and their happy band of volunteers do everything from scrub the toilets to select the season to wash the windows to sell concessions.

If you've ever attended a show, written a letter of support, donated a few bucks, or volunteered at the O -- we are indebted to you, and moreso, we are GRATEFUL to you! Please keep coming back, and always let us know what you think!

NEW SHOWS! NEW HOME!
WE ARE READY TO GO!

The OAKLAND CENTER and KIDS FIRST THEATER INITIATIVE want to thank Trinity Fellowship Church for the immense support in reaching new goals for the Oakland Center.

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We heart the spotlight!

Nurture Artists

Many successful actors, directors, writers, and choreographers have launched their careers from the Oakland, and also in
other humble, small town playhouses.

Be a Storyteller!

Plays are an ancient form of storytelling. It is a creative ritual still very much alive despite the age of Youtube. Come tell your story through a character you portray.

HEART the Spotlight!

Our Hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
10am - 3pm

Sunday:
Closed

330-406-0606