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OUAZ Student Writes and Directs Latest Theatre Production


SURPRISE, ARIZONA – [9/7/2023] – Ottawa University Arizona is proud to announce the remarkable achievement of one of its talented students, JT Head, who has taken the stage by storm as the writer and director of the gripping theatrical production, "The Warden." This captivating play is set to enthrall audiences at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Arizona.

"The Warden" tells a compelling story of three inmates and their unexpected relationship with the eccentric Warden of a prison. Each character has a dark secret and it will take more than a prison cell to bring it out them.

What makes this production even more extraordinary is the star power gracing the stage, as Ottawa University Arizona’s President, Dennis Tyner, takes on the lead role of "The Warden." President Tyner's commitment to the arts and his dedication to supporting the creative endeavors of Ottawa University Arizona students make this production a true showcase of talent and collaboration within the university community.

JT Head, a rising talent in the world of theater, has not only written a thought-provoking script but has also skillfully directed the cast and crew to bring "The Warden" to life. Their dedication to the craft and their ability to evoke powerful emotions on stage are sure to leave a lasting impact on audiences.

"We are immensely proud of JT Head's accomplishments in bringing 'The Warden' to the stage," said Lauren Frazier, Program Manager of Theatre at Ottawa University Arizona. "This production is a testament to the creativity and passion of our students, and we are thrilled to support JT and the entire cast and crew as they take their talent to the next level."

"The Warden" promises to be a theatrical experience like no other, offering audiences an opportunity to witness the synergy between a talented writer, director, and a committed cast, including University President Dennis Tyner, as they bring this gripping story to life.

Performance Details:

- Title: "The Warden"

- Written and Directed by: JT Head

- Starring: Dennis Tyner as "The Warden"

- Date: September 7, 8, and 9

- Time: 7 pm

- Location: Willow Canyon High School, Surprise, Arizona


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About Ottawa University Arizona:

Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) is one of three campus extensions of Ottawa University, founded in Kansas in 1865. The Surprise-based campus was established in 2017. Now five years old, OUAZ is a prime driver of growth in Surprise and the West Valley of the Phoenix area. As with all campus, OUAZ is blessed by a rich heritage and an unquenchable commitment to educate increasing numbers of students for lifetimes of faith, service, leadership and significance.


Mission Statement

Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.


Vision Statement

Ottawa University will be positioned as a distinctive and rapidly expanding institution known for its innovative educational models, exceptional value, and special ability to prepare diverse student populations for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal significance.


Ottawa University is located at 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374


About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,500 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.

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