Tulsa Performing Arts Center gifted costume collection

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Performing Arts Center has been gifted over 50,000 costume pieces, the Tulsa PAC announced.

The TPAC’s resident community partners can now borrow costumes from the costume collection free of charge.

When the University of Tulsa’s theatre program came to an end, Crista Patrick, TU professor and costume shop manager, was left with a predicament: She had spent 15 years creating an extensive costume closet consisting of tens of thousands of pieces that now needed a new home.

Patrick said they reached out to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center hoping the nonprofit organization would be able to take on the collection and continue putting it to good use.

“Though it was instantly recognized as another way to help support the art presented on its stages, the TPAC staff had nowhere to house such a collection,” the Tulsa PAC said in a press release. “Thankfully, the City of Tulsa stepped in, providing a space where the costumes can be kept, organized and loaned.”

TPAC’s resident community partners, local theatre groups — including Theatre Tulsa, American Theatre Company, World Stage Theatre Company, Theatre North and others — can borrow costume pieces for free, paying only to clean and repair what they choose to use.





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