TheatreOCU's main stage season is dedicated to exploring universal themes through its productions, and strives to educate and enlighten the University community, the greater Oklahoma City community, and the larger communities of the state and nation.

TheatreOCU offers a seven show main stage season, and a collaboration with the other schools in the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts (Music and Dance & Arts Management) in an additional seven productions. The main stage season consists of a mix of fully realized productions of theatre classics and relevant contemporary plays, as well as co-productions with our three professional co-producing partners, and staged readings of plays that deal with important current social issues.

Our performance facilities include the Kirkpatrick Auditorium (1,100 seat proscenium), the Burg Theater (274 seat, 3/4 thrust), and the Petree Recital Hall (500 seats). We also produce shows in the new Black Box Theater (flexible 50-100 seats) in the new Wanda L. Bass Music Center. The $31.5 million, 112,000-square-foot addition, which opened in 2006, has more than doubled the rehearsal and classroom space. We also occasionally perform in the flexible performance space in the CCA (Children's Center for the Arts).


2014-2015 Season


The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Co-Production with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre

September 26 – October 5


Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

October 31 – November 8

Black Box Theatre


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

by Joe Landry

December 4 – December 14

Burg Theatre



by Mary Zimmerman

February 5 – February 8

Burg Theatre


Jackie and Me

by Steven Dietz

Co-Production with Oklahoma Children's Theatre

April 1 – April 11

Burg Theatre


20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project

by Steve Gilroy

April 16 – April 19

Burg Theatre


Whose Life is it Anyway?

by Brian Clark

February 26 - 28

Kramer School of Nursing




The Stage II season presents four plays each semester in the small, intimate setting of our Black Box Theatre. Stage II's are produced with an emphasis on acting and directing with a use of minimal design and technical elements. Student and faculty directors and designers collaborate together on these experimental, laboratory productions. A wide variety of styles and periods are produced in our Stage II season including contemporary plays that may not be produced in the main stage season. Past productions have included classics such as Othello and The Misanthrope, as well as recent works like Dog Sees God, Bug, and Recent Tragic Events. The Stage II season introduces our students to a level of production opportunities often found in small professional theatres operating throughout the country.

2014 - 2015 Season


The Memorandum

by Vaclav Havel

October 9 – October 12

Burg Theatre


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

William Shakespeare

October 16 – October 19

Burg Theatre


The Marriage of Bette & Boo

by Christopher Durang

November 20 – November 23

Black Box Theatre


The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh

January 29 – February 1

Black Box Theatre


The Trojan Women

by Euripides

February 12 – February 15

Black Box Theatre


The Skriker

by Caryl Churchill

February 19 – February 22

Black Box Theatre


Two Birds and a Stone

by Amy Wheeler

March 5 – March 8

Black Box Theatre

OCUedge is the name of the staged-reading series that happens every year as an extension of the TheatreOCU season.  Typically six plays in  length, material for the OCUedge season is usually picked from very contemporary material, mostly written within the last 5 years.  The staged reading of these very current, and often edgy plays, supports our students study in theatre history, as well as makes opportunities for young directors and actors to get their brains and their mouths around these very modern texts.

A student-run and mostly student-organized theatre company on campus, Out of the Box presents a late-night series of exciting performances.  Recent productions have spanned the gamut of theatrical dramaturgy, from reimagined classics, novel adaptations, plays written by student playwrights, edgy contemporary plays, and campy evenings of scenes and monologues.  Out of the box also produces TheatreOCU's improvisation company.