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The University of Oklahoma

Helmerich School of Drama

– Mission Statement –

The mission of the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama is to educate theatre artists, scholars and teachers, preparing them to enter their professions with a knowledge of evolving industry standards; to perpetuate theatre art by encouraging and nurturing the development of new artistic endeavors; and to provide a variety of theatrical productions and programs of excellence to Oklahoma audiences.



Welcome to the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama!  As you browse our site I hope you will get a glimpse of the scope and strengths of our program, the second oldest university dramatic training institution in the nation.  Approaching our 90th birthday, we have long been known to deliver a conservatory style education in conjunction with the benefits of a liberal arts environment housed within one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. 


We are different by design.  The training is intense and demanding, preparing you for the realities of a career in the professional industry.  Our curriculum is taught by an ensemble of dedicated educators and artists; highly sought professional actors, directors, designers, and stage managers who continually work in their respective fields to maintain national profiles in the industry.  Our alums include Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, and Tony Award winners.  OU School of Drama grads have prolific careers in absolutely every avenue of show business: from Broadway producers, agents and theatre owners, to Hollywood film executives, casting directors, and international film and television stars…the “Sooner Mafia” is everywhere! 


Please take a moment to discover why ours is one of the finest drama schools in the nation.  Visit our site often to find exciting new additions to our season and programs.  If we can be of assistance, please contact us directly at any time.


Best regards and Boomer Sooner!


Tom Huston Orr

James Garner Chair

Director, Helmerich School of Drama


Auditions & Recruiting Events

The University of Oklahoma preliminary auditions and interviews are held at regional thespian conferences throughout the country. To reserve an audition/interview time, please call the Helmerich School of Drama office at 405-325-0546 or email

Off-Campus Recruiting Events 2013-14:


  • Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA): January 25-27
  • New York Unifieds: February 2 & 3
  • Chicago Unifieds: February 4-6
  • Las Vegas Unifieds: February 7
  • Los Angeles Unifieds: February 9 & 10
  • Georgia Thespian Festival: Feb 7-9
  • International Thespian Festival: June 24-29


On-Campus Audition Dates 2013-14:


  • Audition I - November 2
  • Audition II - February 15
  • Audition III - March 8

University Theatre Productions for 2013-2014

Miss Evers' Boys  Sept. 25-29

Middletown Nov. 6-10

Coram Boy Nov. 22-Dec. 7

The Cherry Orchard April 4-13

Oklahoma Festival Ballet  Sept. 20-29

L'Elisir d' Amore  Oct. 17-20

Carousel  Nov. 1-10

Young Choreographers' Showcase Jan. 23-26

Clybourne Park  Feb. 5-9

The Drowsy Chaperone  Feb. 14-23

Alcina  March 6-9

Young Playwrights' Festival  March 11-13

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma  April 25 - May 3