...where stories find their voice
WHO WE ARE
Oklahoma StoryWorks is a theatre that is community-grounded, collaborative, exploratory, off-beat and focused on the Norman community and its place in the larger world.
Originally Namron Players Theatre, Oklahoma StoryWorks is a local collective of like-minded theatre artists who who develop new work and perform projects we are passionate about. We are dedicated to honoring the Namron legacy with the 24 Hour Plays as we move forward with new programs and projects as Oklahoma StoryWorks!
Meet Our Staff and Board of Directors
Sheryl has worked with several theatres in the OKC and Norman area, including Street Players Theatre, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Carpenter Square, and the Sooner Theatre. While at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Sheryl began writing and directing children’s plays and continued with her own company, 2x4 Productions. Sheryl received an Artistic Innovations grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance in 2017, and Oklahoma StoryWorks was born. In January of 2019 Sheryl took over the reins of Namron Players Theatre from founder and former Artistic Director Sarah King Bartell, and is happily expanding on Sarah’s good work, adding storytelling and theatre skills workshops to the company’s programming, and exploring community-based projects.
Norman has been kicking around the Norman arts scene since 1978 when he "fell in among artists and never looked back." Norman served as Company Manager and Development Director for the Street Players Theatre and is perhaps best known for his 35 years with the Norman tradition, Jazz in June. Along with providing development services for several other organizations, he has twice served as the Chair of the Norman Arts & Humanities Roundtable (an advisory committee he helped form), a term on the Norman City Council for Ward 7, and as a member of the Norman Arts Council. He is also the author of "Fund Raising...for the rest of us," writes opinion columns for the Norman Transcript, and has even dabbled in writing science fiction.
A long-time resident of Norman, Sereta is a past Norman City Council Member serving Ward 5 constituents. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an M.A. in Liberal Arts Administrative Leadership. After spending 16 years working for Cox Communications she left the telecommunications industry to pursue a more entrepreneurial endeavor, opening Annie’s Ruff House Doggy Daycare and Boarding Studio in 2009. In 2019, she and her husband Rob opened Yellow Dog Coffee Company. Both Sereta and Rob believe deeply in the philanthropic business model, and 12% of their profits go to Annie’s Rescue Foundation angel fund that supports medical needs of animals in Norman’s municipal animal shelter.
MEMBER AT LARGE
As an active member of the Oklahoma fine arts community Erin has worked for the Arts Adventure Foundation, a fine art summer camp for 6th-12 grades, at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa in many capacities since 2004. Erin currently serves as Vice Chair and Director for the Arts Adventure Foundation. Erin also enjoys volunteering for local theaters; cleaning houses/caring for animals with Norman company 2 Green Chicks; learning how to grow things; and taking road trips with her boyfriend and fellow artist, Andy West. They recently became central Norman homeowners and are excited to make renovations to their unique home.
Emely De Jesus
MEMBER AT LARGE
After finishing her undergrad in Colorado and working two years as an educator at the Denver Art Museum, Emely moved to Oklahoma mid covid in 2020. Originally from Palm Desert, CA, Emely has used her life's traveling experience, education, and work experience to collect stories and push her passion toward community collaboration. She is currently the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at Rainbow Fleet in Oklahoma City and is completing her Montessori Teaching Certification at Oklahoma City University. Outside of her career Emely loves to garden, study plant medicine, bike and spend time at home with her two dogs, cat and long time boyfriend
BOOKKEEPER/FORMER BOARD MEMBER
Since adopting the City of Norman as her home town in 1974, Kym has been involved with many theatre projects in the Norman and OKC area as an actor, stage manager and director. She was a founding member of the late, great Street Players Theatre, ultimately stepping into the role of Artistic Director. After a brief respite in the "secular" world, she followed her heart to the Sooner Theatre, where she maintained the position of Executive Director for nearly a decade. She served a term on the Norman Arts Council Roundtable, as a member of the Council itself, and NAC grant review panels. She also spent numerous years as a Board Member and officer for Jazz in June. Currently retired, she is happy to be putting her "nerdy" skills to use for Oklahoma Storyworks.