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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.

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October 25, 2018


2014 graduate Paul Kim received Jefferson Award in Chicago Monday night

Established in 1968, The Joseph Jefferson Awards honor outstanding theatre artists in the Chicago area. This year, School of Drama alum Paul Kim was the recipient for his Costume Design for The Explorers Club. Read more about the Jeff Awards here.

Helmerich School of Drama Mission Statement

tom huston orr, director of ou school of drama

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, dramaturgs, 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
Professor, Helmerich School of Drama

Drama Students Receive Regional Awards

Drama students receive National Awards
Helmerich School of Drama students

March 3rd, 2016 - Students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma won numerous top honors at the recent Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Angelo, Texas.  

Read the full story (PDF)

Auditions & Recruiting Events

The Helmerich School of Drama 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


Fine Arts Box Office 325-4101

Adult $8, Student with ID $6

$5 at the door. Cash or check only.

Lab Theatre Productions for 2018-2019

Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies
by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
directed by Susan Shaughnessy
7:30 pm September 25th - 29th
3:00 pm September 30th

Men On Boats
by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Dr. Joe Alberti
7:30 pm October 23rd - 26th
3:00 pm October 28th
(10/27 performance time TBD)  

Sense & Sensibility
by Kate Hamill, based on novel by Jane Austen directed by Paul Mason Barnes
7:30 pm Feb. 19th - 23rd
3:00 pm Feb. 24th  

Student Playwriting Festival
directed by Dr. Kae Koger
7:00 pm March 12th - 14th 

by Jim Dale and Frank Dunlop
directed by Dr. Judith Pender
7:30 pm April 16th - 20th
3:00 pm April 20th 

For University Theatre productions, please visit

Undergraduate-Directed Productions

Held in Old Science Hall Studio Theatre

Hand to God
by Robert Askins, directed by Sam Pinson
7:30 pm Dec. 4th, 6th, and 8th

Small Mouth Sounds
by Bess Wohl, directed by Sierra Walker
7:30 pm Dec. 5th and 7th
3:00 pm Dec. 8th

The Mystery of Love & Sex
by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Caroline McCance
7:30 pm April 24th and 26th
3:00 pm April 27th