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.
Undergraduates enrolled in the BA Theatre performance program receive varied performance training – including on-camera acting, voice, and dance. The student's cross-training in voice and dance is provided by the Bass School of Music and Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. Students will also take diction, history, theory, and technical theatre classes – all leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students pursuing the BA Theatre Performance degree program can customize their elective courses to acquire the prerequisites for medical school, law school, or secondary education certification in speech/drama/debate. Many of the recommended courses for these emphases satisfy general education requirements and allow the students to easily tailor their degree programs towards specific professional goals in law, medicine, and education. Students can easily add a minor to their degree plans in the BA program as well.