The Oklahoma Community Theatre Association Festival (OCTAfest) is a state-wide biennial play festival that is the organization’s signature event. In accordance with OCTA’s mission to encourage excellence in theatre arts, the festival provides an opportunity for theatres to present their best artistic productions to the state, be adjudicated by nationally known theatre experts, and for audiences to see the best of community theatre performances. It is the first step in the national American Association of Community Theatre’s festival, in which the winners are invited to perform internationally. Two advancing plays are chosen during OCTAfest to advance to the regional festival, where one of those will be chosen to advance to the national festival. OCTA leads the nation with the most first and second place awards at regional and national festivals.  Oklahoma theatres have performed at international festivals in Monaco, Canada and Germany. The first Oklahoma state theatre festival was held in 1970 and has continued every two years after that date. In 2004 the festival moved to the month of  July, and the 23rd OCTAfest was held in July, 2012 in Ponca City/Tonkawa and in Duncan 2014.  July 27-30, 2016,  will be the next festival at the OSU Seretean Center, Stillwater, OK.

In addition to all the fun with the performances and adjudicating, there is a Marketing Contest (lots of categories) for ANY member theatre, a Silent Auction of great theatre items, and a PARTY to announce winners and those advancing to Regionals.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association's designated fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Interest earned on contributed funds designated in memory of Lil Williams is presented as a travel stipend to competing theatres in OCTA's play festivals.   http://www.occf.org/onlinegiving.html.


OCTAFest 2018 


PAAC, 1001 N. Kennedy

 Final Entries

  • Lincoln County On-Stage (Chandler), SHADES OF AUTUMN
  • Jewel Box Theatre (OKC), ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID
  • OnStage Woodward, SCISSORTAIL
  • Sand Springs Community Theatre, LITTLE OLD LADIES IN TENNIS SHOES
  • Southwest Playhouse (Clinton), MARVIN'S ROOM
  • Shawnee Little Theatre, ANNAPURNA
  • Duncan Little Theatre, CRIMES OF THE HEART


FUN AT 2018 OCTAFEST, Shawnee 




FUN AT 2016 OCTAFest, Stillwater