Young Professionals Company

Young Professionals (YPs) are dedicated teens who have been selected to participate in a year-long intensive training program to expand their acting skills. They also gain performance experience as we present three productions highlighting their incredible talent!

OCT subscribers can purchase tickets for just $10.
Prices range by show from $12-$15.

All YP shows presented at OCT’s YP Studio Theater at 1939 NE Sandy Blvd. Tickets sell out quickly!

The Wrestling Season

November 5 – 15, 2015

“You think you know me, but you don’t.”  An unsubstantiated rumor about two close friends, Matt and Luke, ignites the action in this account of how complicated it is to be a teenager today. Rumors of one person’s sexuality compounds more rumors about other students—as the humor and turmoil of high school play out on a single wrestling mat. The action is overseen by the Referee, who officiates with hand signals and commands. Using images, movement, and sound, each individual’s stories are interwoven to create a theatrical event that challenges and reveals their search for identity in a world that keeps shifting underneath them.

The Wrestling Season is a production specifically for teens and adults that explores the issues of peer pressure, sexual orientation, the search for identity, and the destructive power of rumors. Staged as a high school wrestling match, the show uses the rules of wrestling as metaphors for social relationships and status.

Following each performance, there will be a unique opportunity to talk with the actors in character regarding their choices in the play.

“… A writer with a true sense of how young people speak and handle confrontation.  Never before has the mantra of “sticks and stones” seemed so trite.  Names can indeed hurt, break, and destroy.”
—Ron Simonian, Pitch Weekly, Kansas City

Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
Run time: 75 minutes with no intermission.

A drama by Laurie Brooks. The Wrestling Season was commissioned by the Coterie Theatre and developed at The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices and New York University's Program in Educational Theatre.  Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Impulse! OCT’s Improv Troupe

Jan. 22 – Feb. 6, 2016 • Directed by Jake Michels

After last year’s sold-out shows, Impulse is ready to take the stage again to create fast-paced comedic scenes and games—all based on audience suggestions!  Get ready for quick wits and lots of laughter.

Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:00pm, plus Sunday, 1/31 at 2:00pm
Run time: 70 minutes with no intermission.


A world premiere written for the Young Professionals Company! April 14 – 24, 2016 • Written and directed by Matthew B. Zrebski

Are we at the precipice of dramatic change? From this question comes Chrysalis, a modern-day myth that explores transformations in the teen years. From out of hibernation, new creatures emerge. Be a part of the journey — whimsical and at times terrifying.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, plus Sunday 4/24 at 5:00pm
Run time: 80-90 minutes with no intermission.

Young Professionals (YPs) – dedicated theater students ages 13-18 who have been selected to participate in a year-long mentoring program where they have many unique opportunities to advance their craft.