Artistic Director Emeritus
In a career spanning more than 4 decades of professional theater in North America and overseas, having performed in all the “lower 48” states and throughout Canada and Israel, Donald Jordan has enjoyed a distinguished and multifaceted career.
This theatrical “Jack-of-all-trades” has served variously as an Artistic Director, director, stage manager, scene & properties designer, scenic painter, production manager, technical director, actor and stand-up comic.Credits include touring in leading roles with the national, international and California companies of the Broadway hit 42ND STREET, and Off-Broadway in Circle Rep’s OUT AT SEA, as well as work at many of the nation’s most respected regional theaters, including the Addison Theatre Center, Atlanta’s Alliance/ACT, Banyan Theatre, OKCRep in Oklahoma, Casa Mañana, Dallas Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Florida’s Golden Apple Theater, New York’s famed Gateway Playhouse, Kansas City’s TYA Theater, Lyric Stage of Texas, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, the Mule Barn Theater of Mo., Music Theatre of Wichita, Stage West, and many more.
Among the hundreds of artists Don has worked with are many TONY, OSCAR, EMMY and GRAMMY recipients and nominees, including; Adrian Hall, Grover Dale, Chet Walker, Andy Blankenbuehler, Eugene Lee, Natasha Katz, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenowith, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Susan Egan, Lainie Kazan, Ron Raines, Lara Teeter, Paul Winfield, Richard Jenkins, Judy Collins, Robert Picardo, Steve Martin, OKCRep's own Michael Jones, Robert Benedetti, Tina Miller and many others. Don has also appeared with Frankie Valli, as well as Henny Youngman and The Beach Boys during his hilarious forays into Stand-up comedy. For over 35 years, Don has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and was honored to be elected to serve his theatrical community as a representative for more than a decade.
Don has also been recognized for his outstanding commitment and service to young adult artists and children, and has worked and taught at many leading children’s theaters, including the Atlanta Children’s Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, Wichita Children’s Theater, Seem To Be Players of Kansas, Theater for Young America, Kansas City, Mo. among many others. In addition he has been a guest speaker at Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University, helping mentor and encourage young theater artists. A few of the hundreds of corporate clients Don has worked with include American Airlines, Bank of America, Bloomingdales, The Dallas Cowboys, Dillard’s, Disney, GTE, J. C. Penney’s, Pizza Hut, Rooms To Go, Sears, Sheraton, Hermes of Paris and, most gleefully, the toy campaign for STAR WARS EPISODE I.
Serving as OKC Rep's Founding Artistic Director, Don supervised all aspects of the theater's operations. His credits here include scenic designs/co-designs for I AM A TEACHER; DRIVING MISS DAISY; YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; DIRTY BLONDE; BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS; THE BIG BANG; BAD DATES; THE FANTASTICKS; THE MISER; THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE; THE 39 STEPS; A TUNA CHRISTMAS; GREATER TUNA: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, THE AMISH PROJECT, EVERY BRILLIANT THING as well as MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and NOVEMBER, both of which he also directed.
Onstage appearances for OKC Rep include Max in LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, Jack Jerome in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, THE OKLAHOMA CITY PROJECT, Doc Gibbs in OUR TOWN, the constable in THE MISER, the Spartan Herald in LYSISTRATA, Thurston, etc in both A TUNA CHRISTMAS and GREATER TUNA and Adolph Freitag in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO.
Under his artistic leadership, OKC Rep was recognized by ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION in 2011 for the theaters "dedication to artistic excellence and professionalism", the first theater in the history of the state of Oklahoma to be so honored. OKC Rep is a member theater in TCG (the THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP) the national association of leading regional theaters. OKC Rep is the first theater in Oklahoma City history to be accepted as a member of TCG.
In September, 2011, Don was honored to receive an Oklahoma GOVERNOR'S ARTS Award. This commendation is the highest form of recognition given for the Arts in Oklahoma. This lifetime achievement award was presented in recognition of his "Artistic leadership and community service."
In November, 2011, OKC Mayor Mick Cornett issued a proclamation declaring November "OKCRep Days in Oklahoma City" and recognizing Donald Jordan for his Artistic, Economic and Educational contributions to OKC. In February 2012, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a proclamation declaring February 14, 2012 as "OKLAHOMA LOVES OKCRep DAY" in recognition of OKCRep's Artistic, Educational and Economic contributions to Oklahoma. The proclamation also cited Don for his leadership and community service.
In September of 2012, The American Theatre Wing awarded OKC Rep a National Theater Award and grant, one of only 10 theaters in the nation to be selected, and again, the first time a theater in Oklahoma was so honored. The American Theatre Wing credited OKC Rep with having "articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen the quality, diversity and dynamism of American Theatre."
In November of 2012, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Oklahoma City University. On April 5, 2013, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the OCU School of Theater’s Hall of Honor, along with his friend and fellow co-founder of OKCRep, Jonathan Beck Reed. In 2015, Donald was selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council to be a part of Leadership Arts Oklahoma. He was recognized with a proclamation from the Oklahoma State Senate for his involvement with Leadership Arts. In 2015, the OKC Rep production of THE GRAPES OF WRATH was featured in the PBS/OETA special BACK IN TIME--which won an EMMY Award in July of 2015.
In July of 2016, the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) issued a special proclamation calling OKC Rep and Jordan’s leadership “A vital part of the fabric of the national theater community," the first time in the history of the state of Oklahoma that a theater has been so honored.
On December 3, 2016, OKC Rep became the first theater in Oklahoma history to be recognized by a visiting representative of Actors' Equity Association with a proclamation. It reads, in part "Whereas OKC Rep remains a cultural leader in its community by providing theater that is vital to the cultural, educational and economic life of Oklahoma, now therefore Actors' Equity Association does hereby congratulate Oklahoma City Repertory Theater on 15 years of theatrical and cultural excellence."
In 2018, the Governor of Oklahoma declared March 17, 2018 as “DONALD JORDAN AND JONATHAN BECK REED DAY” in Oklahoma, in recognition of the OKCRep co-founders' career achievements, service to Oklahoma and extraordinary friendship and creative collaboration.
Don is graduate of Oklahoma City University (class of 1980) with a BA in Theater. While at OCU he was recognized with the Bronze Letzeiser medal, graduating third in his class, the B.D. Eddy award for excellence in theater, the excellence in Children's theater award and 5 acting citations from Alpha Psi Omega, the national Dramatic fraternity.He earned an MFA in theater from Trinity University’s professional theater training program in 1985, again graduating in the top 10 in his class.