Theatre Recruitment Brochure 2021

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Cover Image: Lord of the Flies

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The School of Theatre offers three undergraduate degree programs

BFA acting BA Theatre BFA design & production

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Auditions & Interviews How to Audition/Interview

on campus auditions and interviews • • • •

november 12 & 13 december 11 (Design & production/ba theatre only) february 4 & 5 february 25 & 26

International Thespian Festival Las Vegas National Performing Arts Auditions Texas Thespians Festival Greater Houston Area Auditions Greater San Antonio Area Auditions Colorado Thespian Festival chicago unified auditions Oklahoma Thespian Festival Southeastern Theatre Conference

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To apply to the university and view detailed application instructions, visit An application to the university also serves as an application for both competitive and academic merit-based scholarships. or email

off campus audition locations • • • • • • • • •

All programs do not audition or interview at all events. For more information please visit

How to apply to the university

Talent scholarships are available to incoming freshman and transfer students based on auditions/ interviews.

competitive scholarship deadline Feb 1 - Regular Competitive Scholarship Application Deadline

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Opportunities: new york Chicago

a safe, encouraging place to take risks

and grow

as an artist

Study Abroad Programs: Small, ensemble-led performance classes

Competitive talent scholarships available to all BFA Acting majors

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curriculum highlights Love and Information

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Classical studies in Chekhov & Shakespeare 2 Semesters of On-Camera Acting Contemporary Scene Study Voice Lessons with faculty from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music The Wolves

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Dance Classes with the Ann Lacy School of american Dance and Entertainment 2 Semesters of Movement 3 semesters of Vocal Production & Dialect Work Capstone: Audition Techniques

On the Town

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The BA is the MOST flexible Theatre degree, giving you 45 elective hours to design your own track, in addition to a broad overview of all areas of theatre.

STUDY ABROAD Are you interested in seeing more of the world? The BA has the flexibility to enable a full semester abroad at one of our partner institutions in the UK or throughout Europe.



The BA is centered around the concept of devising or the collaborative process of creating theatre. Create new work using a variety of traditional and emerging theatre technologies and develop your own artistic voice.

SOCIAL JUSTICE & EDUCATION The BA will prepare you to become a future leader in the use of theatre as a medium for social justice and community development. Theatre for Social Change and Praxis: Performance Theory & Practice are just two classes unique to the BA that will give you the tools to effect change in the world.

THEATRE MINORS Round out your theatre education with one or more of our minors in -Directing -Children’s Theatre -Design & Production

F E S T I VA L O F N E W W O R K S T h e C a p s t o n e P r o j e c t Join a creative team to produce the capstone Festival of New Works. Additionally, create an original work to be included in the festival.

customize your education

double major with other BA degrees Multiple Minors

within Theatre or other programs

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Study Abroad B u s i n e s s

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Pre-Law / Pre-med studies Follow us on Love and Information

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BFA Theatre Design & production The Laramie Project

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we believe



in learning

by doing

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Freshman year production assignments variety

land jobs in their field within

3 months o f g r a d u at i o n


theatre spaces on campus

& around okc

Individual faculty


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core curriculum highlights THEATRE DESIGN & PRODUCTION CORE (49 HRS) THRE 1113 Script Analysis (3) THRE 1303 Introduction to Theatrical Design (3) THRE 1403 Acting I (3) THRE 1402 Stagecraft (2) THRE 1441 Stagecraft Lab (1) THRE 1603 Technical Drawing for Theatre (3) THRE 1702 Stage Lighting (2) THRE 1741 Lighting Lab (1) THRE 1703 Stage/Production Management (3) THRE 2113 Drawing & Rendering (3) THRE 3803 Digital Drafting & Rendering (3) THRE 2501 Portfolio Development I (1) THRE 2702 Costume Construction (1) THRE 2741 Costume Lab (1) THRE 3223 Theatre History I (3) THRE 3233 Theatre History II (3) THRE 3501 Portfolio Development II (1) THRE 3561 Design/Production Practicum (1 credit/take four times) THRE 3981 Design & Production Internship (1) THRE 4113 Professional Preparation (3) THRE 4223 Theatre History III (3)


TECHNICAL PRODUCTION PATHWAY (15 HRS) THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre THRE 3113 Advanced Electrical Production & Programing THRE 3823 Digital Media Design THRE 4303 Technical Production THRE 3163 Special Topics: Venue Management


ARTS ADMIN-NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP PATHWAY (15 HRS) NONP 4103 Arts Entrepreneurship NONP 4223 Resource Mobilization & Development in the Arts NONP 4413 Nonprofit Financial Oversight NONP 4923 Marketing for the Arts THRE 3163 Special Topics: Venue Management




THRE 2541 Makeup Lab THRE 3603 Costume and Props Crafts THRE 3703 Costume Patterning THRE 4703 Costume Technology THRE 4803 Costume Design II


THRE 3033 Creativity & Innovation (3) THRE 3403 Lighting Design (3) THRE 3503 Scene Design (3) THRE 3803 Costume Design (3) THRE 4903 Period Styles & Décor (3) THRE 4913 History of Costume (3)


Advisor Approved Design Concentration (12) Advised Electives (9)




Advised Electives (15)


THRE 3113 Advanced Electrical Production & Programing THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre THRE 4403 Lighting Design II THRE 4513 Museum, Fashion, & Special Event LD


MUS 1123 Music & the Human Experience THRE 3713 Sound Design & Engineering THRE 3163 Special Topics: Live Audio Engineering THRE 4523 Advanced Sound Design

THRE 3403 Lighting Design (3) THRE 3503/3803 Scene OR Costume Design (3) THRE 3683 Advanced Stage Management (3) THRE 3713 Sound Design & Engineering (3) THRE 3723 Theatrical Unions (3) THRE 3883 OMT Stage Management (3) THRE 4723 Production Management (3) THRE 4903/4913 Period Styles OR Costume History (3)

THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre THRE 3413 Scene Painting I THRE 4303/3163 Technical Production or Props Design & Fabrication THRE 4603 Scene Design II

THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre THRE 3813 Props Design & Fabrication THRE 3603 Costume & Props Crafts THRE 4623 Materials & Processes

THRE 3163 Special Topics: Automation & Stage Mechanics (3) THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre (3) THRE 3403 Lighting Design (3) THRE 3503 Scene Design (3) THRE 3713 Sound Design & Engineering (3) THRE 4303 Technical Production (3) THRE 4723 Production Management (3) THRE 4903 Period Styles & Décor (3)

Advised Pathways for the Management track:

design area concentrations:


Advised Electives (15)

THRE 3303 CAD for Theatre THRE 3823 Digital Media Design THRE 3163 Special Topics: Advanced Digital Media Design Or other 3000/4000 level D&P course THRE 4522/4541 New Media & Digital Performance + Lab


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Production Opportunities




The School of Theatre typically offers a four show Mainstage season, alongside an additional four opera/music theater productions in conjunction with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. The mainstage season is a mix of fully realized productions of theatre classics and relevant contemporary plays, as well as co-productions with our professional partners.

The Stage II season presents six to eight productions per year in the intimate setting of our Black Box Theatre. Stage II plays are produced with an emphasis on acting and directing with the support of design, stage management, and technical elements. The season is a combination of student and faculty directors and designers who collaborate together on these experimental, laboratory productions.

Out of the Box is our student-run and student-organized theatre company. Every semester, three plays, ranging from reimagined classics to plays written by current students, are chosen and produced with student directors and actors. Out of the Box also produces the OCU Improv Troupe which holds frequent late-night comedy shows throughout the year.

2021-2022 season

season School of2020-2021 theatre School of MUSIC Enron October 28 - 31

children of eden October 1 - 3

Roe December 9 - 12

cabaret November 5 - 7

marisol February 3 - 6

The threepenny opera November 19 -21

school for lies march 31 - april 3

little women February 18 - 20

Stage II

legally blonde february 25 - 27

My Dearest Partner of Greatness October 7 - 10



OCUEdge is a series of four staged readings throughout the year produced by Out of the Box. All readings are student acted and directed, with a focus on fresh, contemporary work. Most Edge productions have been written within the last five years, giving students a chance to experience new work every semester and become familiar with up and coming playwrights.

Stripped is a student-run organization that mounts two musical productions every year. The studio productions are fully staged and memorized but “stripped” down to the storytelling essentials. Staged in two weeks, these productions provide a unique production experience for OCU students.

Stop Kiss November 4 - 7 House of Bernarda Alba November 11 - 14 the normal heart February 10 - 13 The Pillowman february 24 - 27 an enemy of the people march 24 - 27 six years old April 7 - 10

in the heights April 22 - 24 For more information on the Theatre Season, please visit For more information on the Music Season, please visit

professional partners

Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company, continually striving to produce Broadway-caliber productions for Oklahoma audiences.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre provides extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences for young audiences.

The Oklahoma City Ballet has been the city’s professional ballet company since 1972 and is currently the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall.

Ugly Duckling Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

The Nutcracker

Oklahoma City Ballet / Photo by Jana Carson

A Christmas Carol

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma / Photo by KO Rinearson

become a global artist

Erin, BFA Design & Production ‘21 in Florence

Alyssa, Evan, & Taha, BATAP '20 in Rome

Mary Taylor, BFA Acting ‘20 in London

Study Abroad offers you the chance to satisfy your intellectual and creative curiosity while expanding your life experiences in a new culture.

World Theatre Education Alliance 2019 Beijing, China

There are multiple opportunities for students to study abroad during their time at OCU. The School of Theatre has established study abroad exchanges with universities across the UK and Central Europe.

London Summer Trip @ the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh

“Being immersed in cultures besides my own has taught me so much about life and about people, which enhances my artistic skills in ways that are invaluable to my education.”- Mary Taylor

SENIOR SHOWCASES LOS ANGELES Graduating students have the opportunity to perform in front of leading agents, managers, and casting directors. During the week-long professional preparation trip students participate in performances, casting workshops, masterclasses, industry panels, and on-camera acting masterclasses taught by leading LA artists.

NEW YORK CITY The Wanda L. Bass School of Music and School of Theatre bring a casting director and agent from New York to audition all of our graduating seniors. Those chosen for the showcase spend the spring semester rehearsing a one-hour performance featuring songs and scenes. Those students travel to New York to perform in front of casting directors, talent agents, producers, and other industry professionals.

CHICAGO The School of Theatre invites a half dozen casting professionals (casting directors, agents, artistic directors) from prominent Chicago area theatres to campus. Our graduating seniors meet with, audition for, take workshops from, and get personalized feedback from these guests. Thus, when they arrive in Chicago, our actors are on a first-name basis with a large number of important industry professionals.

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The School of Theatre partners with a number or prominent casting authorities from Dallas for extensive workshops and auditions for the graduating seniors.

guest artists & MASTER CLASSES

we are committed

to creating opportunities

for our students with leading

industry professionals

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Guest Artists from recent years: - David “Dstew” Stewart, Production Manager, Disney Parks Live Entertainment - Denise Lee, Theatre Artist, Change the Perception - Gary Garrison, Executive Director, Dramatists Guild of America - Adam Sanders, Managing Director, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company - Jason Marsden, Executive Vice President, Matthew Shepard Foundation - Ellen Lavia, Broadway Stage Manager for The Lion King - Sherry Jo Ward, disabled actor and playwright - Kevin Asselin, Artistic Director, Montana Shakepeare in the Park - Christine Albright-Tufts, Artistic Director of Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville - Talia Krispel, Equity SM, LA & NYC - Becky Fleming, Broadway ASM - Cody Renard Richard, Broadway SM, Cirque du Soleil, Tony Awards, Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, Hamilton - Ian Evans, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, UK - Kat Wepler, TheatreSquared - Elizabeth Gray, Oklahoma City Civic Center Foundation - Mike LoBue, Head Electrician, Radio City Music Hall - Joey Walls, Lighting Supervisor, Atlanta Ballet - Anne McMills, Broadway Associate Lighting Designer

- Rex Daugherty, Artistic Director of Solas Nua - Paul Barnes, Founder, Great River Shakespeare Festival - Dr. Ajay Joshi, Fulbright Scholar, Children’s Theatre Author - Louis Colaianni, Author of The Joy of Phonetics and Accents - Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, Theatre Communication Group - Craig Holzberg, Owner and Agent, Avalon Artists Group - Patti LuPone, Two-time Tony Award winner, two- time Grammy Award winner - Jason Alexander, Tony Award winner, known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld - Chris Harrison, Host of The Bachelor - Kelli O’Hara, Tony Award winner - Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award winner - Mary Ann Hoag, Lighting Designer at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - David O’Brien, Production Stage Manager, Wicked national tour - Mike Naumann, Production Manager, Cirque du Soleil - Varekai - Raymond Inkel, Production Manager, Alley Theatre in Houston - Mary McDonnell, Academy Award Nominee - Sam Samuelson, Stewart Talent, Chicago - Steve Scott, Producer, Goodman Theatre, Chicago

- Scott Kaiser, Head of Company Development for Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Beth Kligerman, Producer, The Second City, Chicago - Tiffany Little-Canfield, Casting Director, Telsey + Co. in New York City - Joel Carlton, Talent Agent, CGF Talent in NYC - Kaitlin Shaw, Tara Rubin Casting - Karen Kohlhaas, Atlantic Theatre Company - Jeff Norman, Production Stage Manager of Newsies National Tour - Millie Dixon, Theatre Projects - Principle - Joseph Megel, Artistic Director, The Process Series at UNC - Dominic Abbenante, Resident Media Designer, Playmakers’ Rep. Co. - Julia Gibson, MFA Acting Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, PlayMakers’ Rep. Co. Member - Cary Cannon, American Players Theatre - Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare

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How we prepare you for your future INTERVIEWS

OUR GOAL is to


help you become a




In your senior year, each program has a class tailored to preparing you for your next step after college. These courses encourage you to develop, explore, and promote your professional identity as you navigate your entrance into the performing arts industry.

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“I wanted a program that set their students up for success post-graduation and OCU has done just that for me. The opportunities I have had as a student to make connections with established members of the industry are more than I could have hoped for.” -Mercedes, BFA Acting ‘19

Mock interviews and auditions to practice technique and receive personalized feedback

Opportunities to interview and audition with industry professionals on campus for summer and full-time employment

Video auditions and self-submission

Phone and web-based interviews

4 showcases for graduating seniors



Extensive research on postgraduation markets including theatre companies, talent agents, cost-ofliving, taxes, unions, etc.


Ali Wonderly,

BA Theatre Performance ‘17 Executive Assistant, Office of Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters

Lauren Thompson, Ariel Richardson,

BFA Acting ‘15 & ‘16 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ Twelfth Night

Laura Kariuki, BFA Acting '20 The Wonder Years ABC/ Erika Doss

Becca Koopferstock

BFA Design & Production '13 Guest Experience Manager for Entertainment at Disney's Hollywood Studios

our alumni have worked at: - Walt Disney World - The Goodman Theatre - Steppenwolf Theatre Company - Cirque du Soleil - UnMasqued Theatre Company - Princess Cruise Lines - Santa Fe Opera Company - Music Theatre Wichita - 54 Below NYC - WaterTower Theatre - Busch Gardens Theme Park - Second Stage Theatre, NY - Bay Street Theatre, NY - Williamstown Theatre Festival

- Fox Entertainment Group - Sight and Sound Theatres - Theatre Memphis - FELD Entertainment - Lyric Theatre Oklahoma - Production Resource Group (PRG) - Kansas City Rep - Cider Mill Playhouse - Dorset Theatre Festival - Playwrights Horizons - Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - Eugene O’Neill Theatre ... and many more!

Jack Yates,

BFA Design & Production ‘10 Resident Scenic Designer, Theatre Memphis

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Oklahoma City Our campus sits in the heart of OKC in the historic and vibrant Uptown District. Just a short drive, walk, or bike ride from campus you can explore more than a dozen diverse neighborhoods and entertainment districts featuring live music venues, local restaurants, coffee shops, food trucks, farmers markets, art events and cultural performances. On any given night you may find yourself dining at one of the local hotspots in Automobile Alley or Deep Deuce, enjoying a festival in the Plaza District or Midtown, appreciating one of the many art galleries in the Paseo Arts District, attending a professional sporting event, catching a local or nationally touring show at the Civic Center Music Hall or the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, playing laser tag in the Bricktown Entertainment District, or taking a stroll by beautiful Lake Hefner.

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Contact Oklahoma City University School of Theatre 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106



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