The American Theatre Magazine named the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre one of the Top 13 Musical Theatre Programs in the nation.
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Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre
OU Musical Theatre provides its students with the best of two worlds — conservatory-style training within a dynamic liberal arts university environment. In the midst of an intensive, world-class program of study in the arts, OU Musical Theatre gives students unique opportunities to broaden their knowledge with a wide array of possibilities outside of the School. Our students are eager to share their experiences, success and satisfaction as they deepen their love for performing and grow as individuals and artists. Take a look at the video and be inspired at the opportunities that await you!
OUMT Welcomes Ashton Byrum as New Director
Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the naming of Ashton Byrum as the new director of the program. He began his official duties July 15 and brings exciting vision, energy and plans for the future of OUMT.
Following a long acting career in New York and around the world, Ashton earned his MFA in Directing with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2010. He then went on to coordinate the Musical Theatre Performance program and serve as Associate Chair and Academic Director for the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. He’s had the privilege of working with students that have gone on to Broadway, National Tours, Regional and stock theatres all over the country. His research on pathways to success for Musical Theatre actors has been published in Dramatics magazine and the blog: www.musicaltheatretraining.com.
Ashton's acting credits include three seasons on Broadway in Susan Stroman’s annual A Christmas Carol starring Tim Curry, F. Murray Abraham and Jim Dale, and he was featured in the National Touring companies of The Producers (US and Tokyo), Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, the Tommy Tune revival of Grease! with Adrian Zmed, Sutton Foster and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Will Rogers Follies with Larry Gatlin, I Love New York, and My Fair Lady (Europe). Ashton has also played roles in many regional and stock productions around the country including: The Music Man and 9 to 5 (Little Theatre on the Square), The Spitfire Grill (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Arkansas Rep.), Forever Plaid (Flat Rock Playhouse, NC), Joseph…Dreamcoat and Cats (Ogunquit Playhouse, ME), Will Rogers Follies (Cape Playhouse, MA and Jupiter Theatre, FL), West Side Story (Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY), Kingdom (World Premiere with the Denver Center Theatre Company), and he earned his Equity card in The Secret Garden at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
His directing work includes Hello, Dolly!, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at The Little Theatre on the Square, (title of show) and The Marvelous Wonderettes at Open Door Theatre in Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie and Annie Get Your Gun for the Wilmette Starlight Theatre; Anything Goes, Orpheus Descending, Urinetown and Godspell at CCM, and Rent, Victor/Victoria, Oklahoma!, Once On This Island, and Sweet Charity as well as several Freshmen/Senior Showcases at Columbia College Chicago.
Professor Byrum earned his undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Ashton, his wife Gina, and their 9-year-old son, Dylan, moved to Norman from Oak Park, IL.
OUMT Students Glean Inspiration from Outstanding Broadway Artists: Susan Stroman, Audra McDonald and Warren Caryle
The Sensation of Susan Stroman
Five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and Broadway dancer and former Rockette Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer are pictured with students as part of their artist in residence with OU Musical Theatre.
Susan Stroman holds a special Dance Master Class with OUMT students.
Broadway features Susan Stroman and Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer wrap up their stay with OU Musical Theatre students by attending the Mainstage performance of Curtains last Spring.
The Legend of Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts. It was the privilege of OU Musical Theatre to welcome Ms. McDonald to campus and be inspired and enlightened by her.
The Choreography of Warren Carlyle
Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle was a featured guest artist this year. Students enjoyed an experience like none other as Carlyle spent several days with students in Master dance classes and intensives.
Welcome to Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre
As the only School of Musical Theatre in the country, our goal is to provide students the tools for success both on stage and off. We are recruiting the top 1% of talented high school seniors for our next freshman class. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre Performance, we offer conservatory-style training and a dynamic university education.
Bring your passion and grow beyond your expectations. Our self-imposed enrollment cap of 50 total majors insures individual development. Alumni are performing on Broadway, in National tours, at Regional theatres and in Europe and Asia, demonstrating that this is one of America's premiere programs.
Admission to the University of Oklahoma is required as well as a separate application to the School of Musical accompanied by an audition. OU is an equal opportunity institution, reflecting the rich cultural and racial diversity of our country. Should you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.