The School of Theatre offers two performance degrees: the BFA in Acting and the BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Both of the BFAs are exciting, pre-professional training programs. It combines the best of conservatory/studio training with the breadth of the general education requirements that have made Oklahoma City University one of the nation's best small universities in the US.
BFA actors will take 9 acting classes over their 4 years (including Improvisation, Chekhov, Shakespeare, Acting Styles, Audition Techniques and Professional Preparation and two semesters of On-Camera Acting), along with extensive voice and movement training, a study of script analysis and theatre history, and an introduction to technical theatre and directing. The student's cross-training in voice and dance are provided by the Bass School of Music and the Ann Lacy School of Dance.
The BFA in Design and Production offers students professional theatrical training within the broader context of a liberal arts education. The BFA degree provides strong foundational knowledge in all areas of theatre design, technology, and management. The program seeks to prepare students to enter the fields of theatre design, theatrical production, entertainment technology, and stage management. The program will also prepare students for graduate study in design and production.
Our union of the classroom with the stage provides an active training ground. At Oklahoma City University, we believe in learning by doing. Unlike some other programs, you don't have to be here for one or two years before you are working on a production. You will be working on realized university productions in the first semester of your freshman year. We offer practical, hands-on experience in theatrical productions ranging from theatre to musicals to opera to theatre for young audiences.
Students will select BFA concentrations in the areas of scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or stage/production management.
The BFA in TYA offers classes in a wide array of different areas: acting, directing and design as well as specialized classes in Dramaturgy, Marketing, Study Guides, Creative Drama and Managing a Not-for-Profit Theatre along with a study of script analysis and theatre history, and an introduction to technical theatre.
Our BFA students regularly train and perform with our three co-producing partners: Oklahoma Children's Theatre, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
This new program explores a wide range of contemporary performance, new digital media and applied theatre practices. Through devised and text-based 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.