Arkansas transplant makes impact in local drama scene as director, writer and actress 

To many Oklahomans, theatrical success means "making it" somewhere else. If New York or Los Angeles recognizes a person's talents, they've passed some kind of litmus test. To some local artists, however, success means creating theater that's meaningful to us in the community, and producing it with people they enjoy. 

That's precisely how Rachel Carter, local director/writer/actress puts it.
 
"Maybe it's quaint to be satisfied with that," she said, "but call it what you will, that's who I am and it makes me happy."

CREATIVITY
Carter came to Oklahoma City University from Arkansas in 1996 to work on a master's degree in performing arts. She no more completed that than she headed to the University of Oklahoma, earning a master's in drama directing. Rather than leaving after graduation, she chose to stay here.

"I half-expected jeers, but several students seemed to admire my decision," Carter said. "My gut feeling is that since artists can be born anywhere, they should be creating wherever they are."

Carter feels opportunities here are better than if she moved to some strange city to "bite and scrape for years to have minimal success."

"I don't have the stomach for that dog-eat-dog world," she said.

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