Many OSAI and OFAI alumni enjoy incredibly successful artistic careers. From New York to Los Angeles, Australia to Ireland, alumni send OAI the latest news on their artistic success by updating their OAI profile.
One of our many wildly successful alumni, Megan Mullally, studied mime at OSAI in 1977. Today, Megan Mullally can be seen weekly in her Emmy and 3-time SAG Award-winning role of “Karen Walker” on NBC’s Will & Grace.
|Megan’s OSAI experience had quite an impact on her, as she has said:|
||“Quartz Mountain is a very creative atmosphere where everyone is inspired, but when you get a group of like-minded people together in an intense setting, it has to be good!! The study of mime was a tool which helped me loosen up and become more in touch with my physicality – both of which are of primary importance in acting. Most importantly, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute came at a special time in my life. It put me in a state and mood to continue my art before I was to venture off to college. Thanks OSAI!”
As we work to identify other famous OAI alumni, take a look at our partial list to see if you recognize any of these successful artists:
Tim Blake Nelson, actor – Credits include starring roles in O Brother Where Art Thou, The Good Girl, and many other feature films
Milena Govich, actor, singer, dancer -- Stars on NBC's Emmy-award winning series Law & Order, starring roles on Broadway in Cabaret and The Boys from Syracuse, featured roles on the television dramas Conviction and Rescue Me.
Yolanda Kondonassis, harpist --
Hailed by the New York Times as a harpist with “powerful playing and musicianly energy,” Yolanda Kondonassis is recognized as one of the world’s foremost harpists, performing both as a concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the United States, Far East and Europe.
Bryan Dietrich, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author -- Recipient of the Paris Review Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize-nominee.
Kyle Dillingham, violinist --
By age 17, Kyle Dillingham had already appeared twice at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and performed with Bill Monroe, the father of American bluegrass music.
Dillingham's unique style of classical and traditional playing has taken him to over 25 countries. His national television appearance in the People's Republic of China reached an audience of over a billion people. He performed for Singapore's National Day celebration and was also asked to give a command performance for the King of
He is now currently playing and recording with Horseshoe Road, a band recognized for starting a new musical genre called Heartland Acoustic. They have just realesed their first album, "Home Fires."
Destini Rogers, dancer -- featured on the Fox hit show So You Think You Can Dance?
Yatika Star Fields, painter, sculptor and photographer
Traci Bair, Barn Theatre Company
Jeremy Thomas, sculptor
Jeremy Duvall, dancer
Paul Taggart, photojournalist