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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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I Shall Not Hate
January 25, 2018


Join the Helmerich School of Drama and Mosaic Theater Company of DC as they present the VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST FESTIVAL TOUR!

NORMAN – The Helmerich School of Drama will present The Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival Tour Friday through Sunday, Feb.2-4, at the University of Oklahoma. The event showcases three works that serve Mosaic Theater Company’s mission of “making transformational, socially relevant art [by] producing plays by authors on the front lines of conflict zones [to build] a fusion community to address some of the most pressing issues of our times.”

Included in the festival are performances of I Shall Not Hate, adapted by Izzeldin Abuelaish and Shay Pitovsky and performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman, screening in Meacham Auditorium of Oklahoma Memorial Union at 3 p.m. Saturday; and Via Dolorosa by David Hare, performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday. All three plays explore conflict occurring between Israel and Palestine.

Mosaic Theater Company of DC founding artistic director Ari Roth brings with him to the OU performance Palestinian-Israeli actor Gassan Abbas (I Shall Not Hate), actor and playwright Aaron Davidman (Wrestling Jerusalem) and actor David Bryan Jackson (Via Dolorosa), as well as playwright David Hare (Via Dolorosa), technical and design director Max Doolittle, and projections operator and translator Sivan Atzmon.

Tickets are $20 to the public and $10 for OU faculty, staff and students. Faculty, staff and students also have the option of buying a package with tickets to all three shows for $20 until 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Single tickets will go on sale an hour before every show. Patrons should expect to pay cash for a single ticket to the screening of Wrestling Jerusalem. Call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 to reserve your tickets. For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4101.


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 Director,
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.  

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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 2017-2018

Shakespeare's Other Women
by Scott Kaiser, directed by Alissa Mortimer

Angels in America (Parts 1 and 2)
by Tony Kushner
Millennium Approaches directed by Dr. Fabrice Conte-Williamson
Perestroika directed by Susan Shaughnessy
Nov. 14-19

by A.R. Gurney, directed by Matthew Ellis
7:30 pm Feb. 20th - 24th
3:00 pm Feb. 25th

directed by Dr. Fabrice Conte-Williamson
7:00 pm March 13th - 15th 

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915
by Jackie Sibblies Drury, guest director Dr. Anita Gonzales
7:30 pm April 17th - 21st
3:00 pm April 22nd  

For University Theatre productions, please visit

Undergraduate-Directed Productions

Held in Old Science Hall Studio Theatre

by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Alexis Ward
Dec. 5-9, Studio Theatre

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them

by Halley Feiffer, directed by Sydney Gustafson
Dec. 6-9, Studio Theatre

The Nether
by Jennifer Haley, directed by Taylor Fono
7:30 pm April 24, 26, & 28, Studio Theatre

Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, directed by Kameron Knott
7:30 pm April 25 & 27
3:00 pm April 28, Studio Theatre