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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.

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, 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 2016-2017

Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
7:30 pm October 11th - 15th
3:00 pm Oct. 16th

Vinegar Tom
by Caryl Churchill
7:30 pm November. 15th - 19th
3:00 pm Nov. 20th


Love's Labour's Lost
by William Shakespeare
7:30 pm February 14th - 18th
3:00 pm Feb. 19th

Biloxi Blues
by Neil Simon
7:30 pm April 11th-15th
3:00 pm April 16th

For University Theatre productions visit

Undergraduate-Directed Plays

Held in the E. Frank Gilson Studio

A Bright New Boise
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Suzy Weller
7:30 pm December 7th - 10th
3:00 pm Dec. 10th

by Peter van Diest
Directed by Haley Pigman
7:30 pm April 26th - 29th
3:00 pm April 29th