The American Theatre Magazine named the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre one of the Top 13 Musical Theatre Programs in the nation.
The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre is committed to promoting diversity and providing an inclusive space for all OU students, faculty and staff, regardless of race, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spiritual belief, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status.
2017-2018 Sooners On Broadway
OUMT Alumni on National Tours
OUMT Welcomes Guest Artist Scott Coulter
Founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment and a resident director of programming at 54 Below in New York City to visit October 22-23
Scott Coulter is one of New York’s most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Scott was director and star of A CHRISTMAS CAROL:THE SYMPHONIC CONCERT in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered December 2013. He was an Emmy nominee himself for his performance in NJPAC's AMERICAN SONG on PBS.
Since 1997, Scott has performed around the country with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton and has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary.
As a director, Scott’s credits include many shows for The Town Hall in NY (BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, BROADWAY’S RISING STARS, BROADWAY ORIGINALS, BROADWAY UNPLUGGED) and BBTY for The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Broadway by the Bay. Along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, he’s produced and directed several installments of Michael Feinstein’s STANDARD TIME at Carnegie Hall. He is creator, arranger and director of several touring shows (symphonic and non-) including MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS, CINEMA TOAST, THE KING: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, THAT’S LIFE: A TOAST TO SINATRA, YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND: CAROLE KING, NEIL SEDAKA AND THE MUSIC OF THE BRILL BUILDING, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY! and his critically acclaimed solo show, THE FELLA SINGS ELLA, which honors the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Scott recently wrote the book for the new musical GOT TO BE THERE which celebrates the life and music of songwriter Elliot Willensky.
Scott is founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment and a resident director of programming at 54 Below (Broadway’s Supper Club) in NYC. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the artistic director of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival.
Join us for OU Musical Theatre PREVIEW DAY on Saturday, November 3rd
Enjoy this close up look at our premiere program on the beautiful OU campus. See the invitation below for specific details. We are asking for registrations to be completed by October 19 at the latest in order to allow time for lunch accommodations and availability of Dogfight tickets.
Apply for OU Musical Theatre
All students must submit a pre-screen video and complete an OU Musical Theatre application to be considered for an invitation to an on-campus or regional audition.
Through GetAcceptd, you will upload your headshot, resume, video clips, and a double-spaced 2 page essay explaining why you are pursuing Musical Theatre and how you see yourself at Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. This process is separate from and in addition to the application to the University of Oklahoma at large.
To be considered for Moonified auditions on November 16-17 in Dallas, Texas, or for consideration of our first on-campus audition on December 8, the deadline for pre-screen submission through GetAcceptd is October 15, 2018.
The final deadline to submit your GetAcceptd prescreens for consideration of all remaining auditions with OU Musical Theatre is December 1, 2018.
In addition, you will be required to provide two letters of recommendation from professionals who can speak to your talent, abilities, work ethic and potential for professional success. You may upload the letters directly through GetAcceptd.
As you are completing your application to our program, it is important that you also apply to the University of Oklahoma through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. ou.edu/admissions/apply
In order to be considered for any academic or leadership scholarships through OU, you must apply to the University of Oklahoma prior to December 15, 2018.
On-Campus Auditions at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma:
December 8, 2018**
**(Pre-screen due October 15)
January 12, 2019
January 26, 2019
February 1-2, 2019
Moonified: Dallas, TX November 16-17, 2018 **
College Audition Project (CAP): Atlanta, Georgia, November 29-30 **
**(Pre-screen due October 15)
Unified: New York City, January 19, 2019
Unified: Chicago, February 4-6, 2019
Unified: Los Angeles, February 9, 2019
Once the GetAccptd link is live and online, the OUMT GetAcceptd format will ask for your current headshot, performance resume, essay and 2 email addresses so that we can acquire 2 letters of recommendation as mentioned above. Guidelines for the prescreen video are as follows:
*Prepare TWO memorized musical theatre songs demonstrating legit/lyric style, and male pop/female belt. Songs should be contrasting in tone/style/character – and no longer than 60 seconds in length.
Select one classic musical theatre song written 1930-1969, and one contemporary musical theatre song written 1970-present. (Although contemporarily written, The Drowsy Chaperone and ...Millie sound classic and are appropriate for the 1930-1969 era). No a cappella singing.
*Prepare TWO memorized monologues (one comic and one dramatic) – no longer than 60 seconds in length.
Select a monologue from a Early-Mid 20th Century play written between 1900-1969, and a contemporary theatre monologue from a play written 1970-present. Your selections should be age appropriate, in the style of realism, and not require dialect, costume, or props.
* Not required: But, if you are trained in jazz, tap, or ballet, then you are highly encouraged to demonstrate your ability.
Appropriate shoes and dance attire are required (no costumes).
Please dance to music, not a cappella.
Your performance is limited to one (1) minute for each style demonstrated.
Your full body MUST be in view at all times but you may pause the video to change shoes.
Any or all of the following may be included in your combination(s):
- Ballet (not Lyrical) - pirouettes, jeté, pas de bourrée, waltz, piqué turn, battements.
- Tap (not Soft Shoe) - shuffles, flaps, Buffalo, Irish, Maxi Ford, time-steps, waltz, clog, riffs, drawbacks.
- Jazz (not Hip-Hop) - triplets, jazz square, isolations, leaps, jumps, battements, turns.
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!
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.