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November 15th, 2020

REVIEW: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

OU's School of Drama brings Delightful Holiday Cheer with MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a lovely tribute to the works of Jane Austen. It features the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice in a new holiday story.

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ACTORS: Joseph Hoffman, Emma Woodward, Devin Ricklef, and Levi Hawkins
DESIGNERS - Scenic: Cliona Smith; Costume: Emily Cejka; Lighting: Ian Evans
Photo by Richard Sprecker

November 10th, 2020

Drama Professor Inducted Into the National Theatre Conference

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NORMAN,  OKLA.— Jon Young, professor of scenic design in the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, will be one of 10 theatre professionals, artists and educators inducted into membership at the 2020 National Theatre Conference in early December. 

Young oversees the design and production area for the School of Drama and University Theatre and has been teaching students at OU for 11 years. As a member of the National Theatre Conference, he is one of the distinguished members of the American theatre community who represent both professional and academic theatre institutions, as well as independent artists. NTC members of artists, producers, scholars and innovators are all leaders in their field and dedicated to supporting the future of American Theatre.

“I first met Professor Young in the professional field,” said Seth Gordon, director of the Helmerich School of Drama. “He designed a variety of sets for productions I directed in the years prior to my becoming director of the Helmerich School of Drama, and now I’ve worked with him as coordinator of the design and production area here at school. Jon is a major artist of the theatre, an insightful and supportive teacher and mentor, and a leader of his peers. It’s an honor to work with him and there is no question that he is richly deserving of this honor.”

Young was recipient of the 2016 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a 2015 recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Young has designed professionally for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Creed Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Black Hills Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre Late Night Theatre and Coterie Theatre. He has designed over 30 productions for University Theatre dance, drama, opera and musical theater at OU. 

Young’s scenic design work was featured in United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Theatre Design & Technologypublications for Stupid F##king Bird at Stages Repertory Theatre, summer 2016 issue; and his design for Sunday In The Park With George and The Odyssey, summer 2012 issue. 

His scenic design work for After Juliet was invited to be a part of the World Stage Design 2009 Exhibit in Seoul Korea. You can follow Young’s work at www.youngscenicstudio.com and @youngscenicstudio.

November 6, 2020

OU drama professor receives award of excellence

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NORMAN, OK—Professor Lloyd Cracknell, associate professor of drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2020 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma.

After a highly successful and lucrative career in the fashion world, Professor Cracknell fell in love with the theatre and teaching. He earned his master of fine arts degree in drama from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and joined the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama in an interim position that year. 

Each year, professor Cracknell teaches a minimum of 10 classes in the School of Drama and serves as the resident costume designer for OU University Theatre. He designs two to three main stage productions, as well as mentoring student costume designers on five to six college-wide main stage productions and up to four lab productions each season.  

Seth Gordon, director, Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama said, “Lloyd is beloved by students, faculty and staff alike. His quiet leadership and mentorship is something I admire. The Rothbaum Award is a fitting tribute to all he has accomplished here, but more so, personally, I’m thrilled to have him as my colleague each day.”

When asked about his teaching philosophy, Cracknell stated, “All of my classes support a journey for the student that encourages the development of self-motivation, innovation, responsibility and creative confidence. The process of becoming a designer or technician is intensely personal, and my courses have been structured to allow for fluidity based on who is on the roster, but my belief is that the process must contain the following: learning how to collaborate and contribute to the production design process, how aesthetic choices combined with script analysis and in-depth research form the design, and learning basic and advanced construction techniques that inform the design.”

Read the OU Daily article here.

 

 

September 8, 2020

OU School of Drama to perform 'Stop Kiss'

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Poster created by Drew Lotter

OU School of Drama to perform 'Stop Kiss' as reading to achieve 'human story' while abiding by COVID-19 rules

 

Read the OU Daily article here.

July 9, 2020

Incoming class remain optimistic despite COVID-19


Incoming OU drama students remain optimistic for fall classes despite COVID-19 impact

Read the OU Daily article here.

April 14, 2020

University Theatre & COVID-19

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Photo courtesy of Cat Yost

OU amid coronavirus: University Theatre redirects skills to make masks for police, patients

Read the OU Daily article here.

Christopher Sadler Named Rothbaum Professor of Excellence

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Professor Christopher Sadler, associate professor of drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2019 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts.

Professor Sadler joined the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Since his arrival he has been a tireless educator, revising the stage management curriculum to reflect an ever-changing profession and creating new courses (ranging from music notation to dramatic literature) to enhance students’ education. One former student remarked of Professor Sadler: “His classes are spaces conducive to discussion and debate, especially about challenging ideas, and they remain safe spaces to share and discuss because Chris prioritizes respect, leading by example.”

When asked about his leadership in arts education, Sadler said, “In 2005, I became the first faculty member at OU dedicated to the teaching of stage management. From the beginning, I was determined to make the bachelor of fine arts degree in stage management prominent regionally and nationally."

August 1, 2019

Meet Our New Director!

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Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma.

A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master classes in directing and acting at Webster University, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Play House, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute and New York University.

As associate artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Gordon created and produced Ignite! an annual new play festival; crafted and curated a new play commissioning program; administered creative campaigns and fundraising efforts; assisted with season selection; supervised the casting and literary department; and was a member of the long range strategic planning committee.

"We are eager to welcome Seth to the University of Oklahoma as he enriches our already strong theatrical offerings in the Helmerich School of Drama and guides our talented faculty, students and staff toward a bright, exciting future," said Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. 

October 22, 2018

SoD Alum Receives 2018 Jefferson Award

Paul Kim received Jefferson Award for THE EXPLORERS CLUB


School of Drama 2014 graduate Paul Kim received a Jefferson Award Monday night in Chicago for his Costume Design for The Explorers Club at the Citadel Theatre. You can read more about the Jeff Award here. To learn more about Paul's work, visit his website.

Congratulations, Paul! Boomer!

 

 

 

I Shall Not Hate

HELMERICH SCHOOL OF DRAMA TO PRESENT MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY FESTIVAL

The Helmerich School of Drama will present The Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival Tour Friday through Sunday, Feb.2-4, at the University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – The Helmerich School of Drama will present The Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival Tour Friday through Sunday, Feb.2-4, at the University of Oklahoma. The event showcases three works that serve Mosaic Theater Company’s mission of “making transformational, socially relevant art [by] producing plays by authors on the front lines of conflict zones [to build] a fusion community to address some of the most pressing issues of our times.”

Included in the festival are performances of I Shall Not Hate, adapted by Izzeldin Abuelaish and Shay Pitovsky and performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman, screening in Meacham Auditorium of Oklahoma Memorial Union at 3 p.m. Sunday; and Via Dolorosa by David Hare, performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday. All three plays explore conflict occurring between Israel and Palestine.

Mosaic Theater Company of DC founding artistic director Ari Roth brings with him to the OU performance Palestinian-Israeli actor Gassan Abbas (I Shall Not Hate), actor and playwright Aaron Davidman (Wrestling Jerusalem) and actor David Bryan Jackson (Via Dolorosa), as well as playwright David Hare (Via Dolorosa), technical and design director Max Doolittle, and projections operator and translator Sivan Atzmon.

Tickets are $20 to the public and $10 for OU faculty, staff and students. Faculty, staff and students also have the option of buying a package with tickets to all three shows for $20 until 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Single tickets will go on sale an hour ®before every show. Patrons should expect to pay cash for a single ticket to the screening of Wrestling Jerusalem. Call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 to reserve your tickets. For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4101.

Schedule:

Friday, February 2 @ 8PM | I SHALL NOT HATE | Post Show Discussion

Saturday, February 3 @ 3PM | WRESTLING JERUSALEM | Post Show Discussion

Saturday, February 3 @ 8PM | I SHALL NOT HATE | Peace Café

Sunday, February 4 @ 3PM | VIA DOLOROSA | Post Show Discussion

The Stage 100 Names Nimax Theatres Number 6 on 2017 Theatre's Power List

OU School of Drama Alum and Regent, A. Max Weitzenhoffer, honored once again as a world-changing force as theatre owner and producer.

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The Stage 100 is an annual list of theatre's most influential people, and our own A. Max Weitzenhoffer's Nimax ranked at number 6. Read about Nimax's ranking here.

October 25, 2016

Professor Young Awarded 2016 Rothbaum

Director Orr, Professor Young, and Dean Holt

Professor Jon Young has been awarded the 2016 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential
Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma.

Read the full story here.

September 14, 2016

SoD Alumni Wes Aderhold Featured in The Huffington Post

Aderhold is 2016's Entrepreneur to Keep An Eye On

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The Huffington Post featured Helmerich School of Drama alumn Wes Aderhold! Read the full article here.

September 9, 2016

SoD Alumni Tiffany Mack Joins Cast of Hap & Leonard

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Read the story here.  

August 27, 2016

Hemerich School of Drama Named in Top Ten

Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the Unviersity of Oklahoma named one of Top 10 Theatre Design and Technology Programs nationwide.


The Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma is one of the top 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre design and technology programs in the nation, according to OnStage. You can read the article here.

May 19, 2016

SoD Students Perform Charlotte's Web for Local Elementary Schools


The Third Annual Helmerich Literature Alive production of Charlotte's Web was a smashing success! Over a two week period, students performed for sixteen elementary schools and one senior community.


Directed by Judith Pender
Costumes by Chris Harris
Set by Meghan Buchanan

May 13, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!


The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and the Helmerich School of Drama would like to congratulate the Class of 2016! We are so excited to see where life takes you!

April 11, 2016

School of Drama Student Receives Letzeiser Gold Medal


Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama senior Tayler Daniels recieved the prestigious Letzeiser Gold Medal during the University of Oklahoma Spring Campus Awards Ceremony. The Letzeiser Awards are presented annually in memory of the late Alexander Letzeiser as a stimulus of good citizenship and achievement. Up to thirteen outstanding senior men and thirteen outstanding senior women are generally selected for the Letzeiser Honor List. From the Honor Lists, three medals (bronze, silver, and gold) are presented to three men and three women. Congratulations, Tayler! We are so proud of you!

 

March 3, 2016

School of Drama Students Receive Regional Awards


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.

                    Read the full story here.

Oct. 22, 2015

Dr. Koger Named 2015 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

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Dr. Kae Koger, Associate Professor of Theatre History and Dramaturgy, has been named the 2015 Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts.

Read the announcement from Dean Mary Margaret Holt here.

 

Oct. 15, 2015

The Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Because of her unselfish ways, her appreciation of higher education and her lifelong passion for music, Elsie C. Brackett is a fitting namesake for OU’s performance venue, previously known as the Rupel J. Jones Theatre. Knowing how thrilled Elsie would be to provide an opportunity for young people to develop the craft and skills of the performing arts, her daughter and son-in-law, Susan E. “Betsy” Brackett and Gregg A. Wadley, made a lead gift to renovate the theatre. In recognition of their gift, the theatre will be named to honor Elsie C. Brackett.

Oct. 15, 2015

Betsy Brackett and Gregg Wadley

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts honors Betsy Brackett and Gregg Wadley for their generous lead gift that made these theatre renovations possible in the beautiful Elsie C. Brackett Theatre.

Creating a comfortable and positive theatre experience for the thousands of patrons to the OU Fine Arts has always been a top priority. Thanks to the generosity of longtime OU Fine Arts supporters Betsy Brackett and Gregg Wadley, the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre features many front-of-house renovations and enhancements resulting in a theatre experience that is second to none!

Oct. 15, 2015

Kirkpatrick Foundation Appreciation

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and its awarding of a grant to the College for the purpose of upgrading sound equipment in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre.

Each year, more than 400 students work on various components of theatre–from stage design and technical support to acting and performing–making the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre not only a remarkable venue for live performances, but also a working classroom for students studying the performing arts. The addition of a center-of-the-house sound booth, made possible by a lead grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, provides these students with the highest quality educational experience using the most recent technology and sound equipment.

Helmerich Drama Students Receive National Honors


Helmerich School of Drama students (l to r) Kamron McClure, Ethan Hartman, Gabby Reyes, Josh Bonzie, Jake Lozano.

Five University of Oklahoma Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama students were awarded national honors

at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held in Washington, D.C., April 15-19, 2014.  Hundreds of schools and thousands of students from across the country compete at state and regional festivals

for the right to showcase their work at the national KCACTF held every April at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  
full story here

 

 

Drama celebrates 2014 KCACTF Regional VI Festival Awards


Helmerich School of Drama faculty and staff take a moment to celebrate their achievements at the KCACTF Region VI Festival - 2014