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2022 OK Film & Entertainment Industry Power Honoree

2022 OK Film & Entertainment Industry Power Honoree

Metro Tech Visual Arts Instructor Selected as 2022 Oklahoma Film and Entertainment Industry Power Honoree

Metro Technology Centers’ Visual Arts Instructor, Harry Wolohon, remembers his first time on a movie set. The 1983 Robert Altman film, “Streamers” was shot in Dallas and Wolohon was visiting his aunt, who was an official still photographer.

At just the age of 10, Wolohon said he was in awe of the magic of the movie set, as it reminded him of his first love, theater.

“I just remember watching as the concrete building was transformed into a jungle military encampment, and I realized it was a lot like a theater stage,” Wolohon said.

What Wolohon didn’t know at the time was that this fun day with his aunt would lead to a passion for visual arts and education as well as several awards and recognitions such as being selected as a 2022 Oklahoma Film Industry Power List Honoree.

In high school, Wolohon got the opportunity to sing with the Tulsa Opera, which led him to his first professional gig at Frontier City in 1990. After high school, Wolohon attended the University of Central Oklahoma where he obtained a bachelors degree in musical theater, and later obtained his master’s degree in educational leadership from North Central University.

During this time Wolohon was also touring as a marketing professional with his next-door neighbors and even pursued acting for a short time and played an extra on the film, “Death Becomes Her” starring Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep. Years later, Wolohon worked in production for hit films such as Dream Works’ “Trolls,” and TV shows like Netflix’s “Dinotrux,” and National Geographic.

With ample experience in film, Wolohon shares his love for visual arts through teaching at Metro Technology Centers where he has now been a visual arts instructor for nine years. Also while at Metro Tech, Wolohon has been nominated for several educational awards and recognitions, such as the 2021 OkACTE Teacher of The Year.

Wolohon also serves as Director of deadCenter University, a two-day hands-on film camp for junior and senior high school students in partnership with Metro Tech and the deadCenter film festival.

Outside of work, Wolohon is a founding board member for the Oklahoma Film Alliance and a founding board member for the Kingdom Media Club and has also served on the lieutenant governor’s special advisory board for film and television development.

As a 2022 Oklahoma Film Industry Power List Honoree, Wolohon is recognized as one of Oklahoma’s most influential members in the state’s film industry for his array of talents, and experience in film production in Oklahoma and beyond.

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