Harold Oaks receives a Distinguished Service Award from BYU.
Harold R. Oaks (BA ’60) of Provo, the former department chair of BYU’s Theatre and Media Arts Department and former associate and acting dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, developed a specialty in children’s theater that took him to the top of his field both nationally and internationally. Having taught at four other universities, Oaks says it was wonderful to teach, research, and produce in a gospel environment at BYU.
“To a great extent, BYU has not only influenced my life—but it was my life for thirty-two years,” he says. “The excellent students in and outside my department have been a blessing.”
Among his many awards is the Honorary President’s Award from the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People.
Upon his retirement from BYU, he and his wife, Ima, served several missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and at the request of the Church, they developed a series of health-education puppet shows that have been used in more than two dozen countries around the world and have been translated into more than sixteen languages.