College of Fine Arts
The University of Oklahoma School of Drama, the second oldest in the nation, offers performance-centered, professional programs designed to prepare students to successfully move forward to the next level of their career development. All School of Drama undergraduate programs lead toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Drama. Degree tracks include: Acting, Design (Scenic, Lighting, or Costume), Dramaturgy (History, Dramaturgy, Directing, and Playwriting), Stage Management, and Technical Production (Costume Technology and Scenic Technology). We offer theatre training in a conservatory-style environment combined with the advantages of a liberal arts education from a nationally renowned university. Our faculty consists of theatre artists with distinguished careers, who regularly return to the professional industry and work as actors, directors, dramaturgs, stage managers and designers, bringing the fruits of their experience into the classroom, rehearsals, and production.
As the producing organization for the School of Drama, the Weitzenhoffer Department of Musical Theatre, and the OU School of Dance, the School of Drama produces 16 shows a year. We have four fully equipped performance spaces: the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, a 600-seat proscenium house; the A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre, a 225-seat state-of-the-art flexible house; The Lab Theatre, an 80-seat proscenium house; and, the Gilson Studio Theatre, a small blackbox.
Application to the School of Drama requires additional forms and an audition or portfolio review.
OU School of Drama swept the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, winning more top honors in a single year than any college in history. The OU School of Drama is the second-oldest university theater school in the United States.
Drama faculty members have been recognized as a team of experienced professionals who are committed to the education and training of young artists. Faculty members currently work and hold a professional profile in the industry. Students also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists in order to gain a wider range of experience with many professionals in the field.
Alumni of the school have earned prestigious roles and careers with theaters across the nation.
A Drama student graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama degree. Students may then choose to continue their education and pursue a Master of Arts or a Master of Fine Arts in Drama or Theatre degree.
Interests and Skills
Drama Theatre students are typically interested in acting, design (scenic, costumes, lighting), dramaturgy, stage management and/or technical production. High school preparation should include students acting or working on tech for high school or local theaters.
Types of Employers
Jobs of Recent OU Graduates
Directing Intern, Dallas Theater Center
Lighting Designer, Off-Broadway
Group Sales Manager, Theatre Under the Stars
Intern, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago
Pyrotechnician, Walt Disney World
Directing and Literary Management Intern, Dallas Theater Center
Stage Manager, Trumpet Vine Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
Actors in TV and Feature Films
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Writer & Director, Major Motion Picture
Actor, The National Theater Conservatory
Corporate Trainer, Sunset Direct
Director of Fine Arts, Eastern Arizona College
Assistant Technical Director, South Coast Repertory
Professor, Northern Arizona University
Actor, Broadway, National Tours & Commercials
Actor and Director, Defiant Theatre (Chicago)