Professor of Drama
Courtneay Sanders, MFA has been the Director of Theatre at Oral Roberts University for the past 9 years. An Associate Professor, Miss Sanders has received numerous awards and recognition in both teaching and theatrical production arenas. In 2009, she was awarded the Ruth Arrington Outstanding Collegiate Theatre Faculty Member of the Year by the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association. In April of 2014, Miss Sanders was recognized as a Featured Artist and profiled in Oklahoma Magazine. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Arkansas.
A few of Sanders’ achievements during her time at ORU include: directing over 11 productions for the ORU theatre program, assisted in developing the Musical Theatre major, expanding the ORU theatrical season from 3 main stage productions and 1 showcase to 4 mainstage productions and 2 showcases, nurtured relationships with Tulsa area elementary and high school teachers through special student performances and classroom visits, and revamping the Drama/TV/Film Performance, Theatre Arts, and Communication Arts Education majors by creating and restructuring specialized classes.
In 2007, Sanders co-founded The Playhouse Tulsa, a non-profit regional theatre company. Through her involvement with Playhouse, current ORU students and alumni have received opportunities to work with professional theatre artists on a number of productions and projects. Since its conception Playhouse has received 5 TATE (Tulsa Area Theatre Excellence) Awards, been recognized as Outstanding Theatre Troupe (Urban Tulsa Weekly), named Bourgeoning Arts Group (Tulsa People Magazine), and profiled in numerous Oklahoma publications. The Tulsa Global Entrepreneurs and the city of Tulsa named Miss Sanders and her Playhouse Tulsa co-founder Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2010. Playhouse Tulsa productions are held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa.
Professionally, Sanders is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Christians in Theatre Arts, and Alpha Psi Omega. She is also the ORU organizational representative for the American College Theatre Festival and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She has directed over 14 professional theatrical productions, and worked as an actor with such prestigious companies as Shakespeare and Company, Dallas Shakespeare, TheatreSquared, The Playhouse Tulsa, and Lafayette Playhouse.
Sanders oversees all areas of the ORU theatre program and teaches acting techniques in Meisner, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Hagen, Brecht, Pinter, Viewpoints, and others. She graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2002 with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Drama, Television and Film Performance.