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SCHOLARSHIPS

OU Musical Theatre invites you to be a part of attracting and supporting the brightest and most talented students in the nation by donating to our scholarship fund.  These monies go directly to support scholarships for both current and incoming musical theatre students.

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PROGRAM ENRICHMENT

Family and Friends of OUMT, consider supporting the Calvert Director's Fund which provides funding for guest artists, increased program enhancements, and audition travel stipends. This fund allow us to offer unique opportunities to our students as a premiere national program.

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Welcome to Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre

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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 musicaltheatre@ou.edu.

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Explore the Opportunities!

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!

La Cage aux folles at OU
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OUMT to Workshop Original Piece

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Performance: Saturday, April 20, 7 pm, Sooner Studios, 101 E. Main, Norman

A New York writing team will be in residency during April to work with a selected OUMT student cast in an original piece entitled "Big Picture."  The writing team of Susan Murray, Patrick Spencer and Karl Hinze, members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, are showcasing the new concert presentation on Saturday, April 20 at 7 pm at Sooner Studio in Norman, 110 E. Main Street. The OUMT students receive a unique training experience by working on an original piece, performing re-writes and new pages and experiencing original casting opportunities. The evening production of Big Picture on April 20 will be free and open to the public.

Karl Hinze: Big Picture
Composer, Playwright

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Karl Hinze is a composer and playwright in NYC. He has been a member of the BMI Workshop since 2013, and his original musical 210 Amlent Avenue with playwright Becky Goldberg was an official selection of the Next Link Project at the New York Musical Festival. Exposed Bone with Charlie O’Leary recently had an extended run at the PIT Loft, and their 10-minute musical Cooking For Two was a finalist in the 2018 Sound Bites Festival. Other collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew at La MaMa, and Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer presented at the Bali Arts Festival. He is currently developing Big Picture with Patrick Spencer and Susan Murray. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. www.karlhinze.com

Patrick Spencer: Big Picture
Songwriter, Lyricist,

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Patrick Spencer (Lyrics) is a singer / songwriter / lyricist living in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, Patrick has written lyrics for songs that have been performed throughout New York City. Current projects include: Big Picture (music by Karl Hinze, lyrics by Patrick Spencer, book by Susan Murray) and Two Star Motel (book by Charlie O’Leary, music and lyrics by Patrick Spencer), recently produced by The Dare Tactic Theater Company in New York.

Susan Murray: Big Picture
Book

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Susan Murray is thrilled to be at the University of Oklahoma and part of this remarkable program, developing the book for Big Picture along with collaborators Karl Hinze (music) and Patrick Spencer (lyrics). She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where Susan is the only two-time recipient of the BMI Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, winning as both a lyricist and a librettist. Susan wrote the book for Greenbrier Ghost, an original musical based on a little-known 1879 murder case, the only time in U.S. history when the testimony of a “ghost” was admitted into a trial (Jerry Bock Award finalist). She wrote book for The Tooth Fairy Versus El Ratón Pérez, a family musical that explores tradition, identity and culture, adapted from an award-winning children’s book. Susan wrote lyrics and book for The Psychic Hour, an original musical rom-com which features the comedy song “My Thing”. “My Thing” was one of a handful of songs selected to be published in the official BMI Workshop Songbook. Susan is also an actress, singer and comedy performer. The New York Daily News called her “one of the best improvisers in NYC.” Susan’s writing is also published in the anthology Life A Stitch! The Best of Women’s Humor (Random House).

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