The BA Theatre and Performance program explores a wide range of contemporary performance, new digital media and applied theatre practices. Through devised and textbased practical work and digital media projects, students will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary and historical critical perspectives, practices and contexts within which to create their own work and sustain a career. This cutting-edge program aims to develop reflective artists, equipped as innovators in their discipline, able to manage themselves and others in a fast-evolving field of live performance, digital media, design and technical theatre arts.
The BA Theatre and Performance program provides a supportive yet challenging laboratory environment in which personal vision and creativity are highly valued as part of the learning process—both at OCU and with our regional professional and international partner institutions. The program culminates in a semester abroad in the junior year, and a capstone festival of new works in the senior year.
We train artists for the twenty-first century. Research innovative new works and explore the creative processes of the artists who developed them to inspire your own artistic voice and develop your own creative process. Classes serve as studio incubators for you to devise your own work while utilizing emerging media technologies to tell your story. In the first semester you'll write short plays, record podcasts, perform solo work, and workshop verbatim theatre pieces. Choose a program that exposes you to a cornucopia of creative processes and projects so you can be a resourceful, multidisciplinary artist, ready to not only be a player in the story, but to tell the story as well.
CORE CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS
Classes provides a supportive yet challenging laboratory environment exploring courses in Devising, New Media and Digital Performance, and New Works. Core Curriculum highlights include:
Acting I & II
Theatre for Social Change
New Media and Digital Performance
The BA Theatre & Performance track offers 24 elective hours, the most in the School of Theatre, so you can craft your own curriculum.
A Semester in the UK
Because the BA in Theatre & Performance cultivates the next generation of global artists, the degree requirements include a mandatory semester collaborating in the United Kingdom. Students will select a UK partnering-University of their choice the Spring semester of their third year in the program.
The cornerstone of the program is devised, ensemble-based performance, which is showcased monthly at “Workshop Wednesdays,”a public forum for students to present works-in-progress.Students will ultimatelycreate a full production of their work in the “Festival of New Works,” the capstone project of their fourth year.
WOCU: BA PODCAST CHANNEL
WOCO is the official podcast station of the BA Theatre & Performance Program at Oklahoma City University. A collaboration between the students and faculty at OCU's School of Theatre. WOCU features podcasts that cover arts, education, literature and culture. The Spring 2017 program offerings include: Season 3 of Thank You 10 and the premiere seasons of Devising and The Brennan Book Blog. Subscribe today via your favorite podcast-streaming device and check back for updates on program offerings. Visit www.wocu.online to listen to the latest episode and previous seasons.