ABOUT US and OUR PURPOSE
Grace Ann Productions, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c)3 performing arts organization with a broader mission of bringing personal transformation through the power of the arts. True to form, Grace Ann Productions’ motto is “Touching Hearts Through the Arts.”
Founded in March of 1998 by King Kirby, Grace Ann Productions’ has produced Broadway-quality performances in Tulsa, as well as traveling productions that have toured nationally to cities, such as San Francisco & Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City; and New York City, as well as abroad to the following countries: London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Benin City, Nigeria; and Tokyo, Japan.
Past dramatic works have included: “The Wiz”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Children of Eden”, “Godspell”, “Into the Woods”, “Ragtime”, “Annie”, “The Last Five Years”, “Big River” with ASL, “Assassins”, “Children of a Lesser God”, “Oliver!” with ASL, “Urinetown”, “Company”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” with ASL, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Disney’s High School Musical”, “Footloose”, “Six Degrees of Separation”, “Altar Boyz” and “Closer”.
Partnerships with other Oklahoma organizations, include the Governor’s Safe School Summit, “Whatcha’ Gonna Do About It” project along with Grace Ann Productions’ "Touching Hearts through the Arts" elementary and high school assembly program. This musical assembly program encourages students as well as educators to create love, compassion and empathy through the art of genuine communication, thereby creating safe havens for education.
King Kirby, Grace Ann Productions and Kirby Kasting’s founder and current Artistic Director, is more than a singer, dancer, actor, director, producer, author, artrepreneur.
Sure classes offered at Kirby Kasting and Grace Ann Productions include acting, art, ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, voice, piano and musical theatre. But ask him what his organization specializes in and he’ll tell you it’s music, health and spirit.
What he’s teaching, he’ll tell you, are life skills.
MEET OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, KING KIRBY
It’s a disservice to say that this is a performing arts agency and you come here to our studio and learn the arts,” said Kirby, a New York native whose extensive credits include appearing in the musical hit “A Chorus Line” on Broadway. “I believe our job is to teach people to have options. The biggest dilemma is when people feel they have no options; that’s when they give up.
I allow the arts to support people in experiencing new levels of artistic expression, and that’s not just limited to your conventional singing, dancing and acting. That’s geared toward your CPA who needs to tap into their creative side, or a parent who is needing to find a creative outlet.”
The services that Kirby and his instructors offer are as varied as the age of the students (from 4 to 100+) who come to his studio, currently located off of 8th & Peoria just East of Downtown in Tulsa’s Historic Pearl District.
One of Kirby's recent dream-fulfillments is nestled within Tulsa's Pearl District. The Ebony Pearl: The Artists' Retreat, housing dance and art studios, as well as artist residency for visiting and touring artists is a 3-story brownstone structure and Tulsa's first white box theatre space, providing a lovely backdrop for local artists to share their gifts.