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The School of Theatre's BFA in Acting is a pre-professional training program. 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 10 acting classes over their 4 years, along with extensive voice and movement training, a study of script analysis and theatre history, and an introduction to technical theatre. The student's cross-training in voice and dance are provided by the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment.

"I chose and thoroughly admire OCU because of its intimacy within and outside of the acting program. Even in my third year here, I continue to create deeper connections with my close peers and with my professors. Our small classes allow for me to make personal connections in my acting journey with absolutely no shame. I encourage anyone who wants unconditional love and support to come here!"

-Tierra Matthews, BFA Acting 2022


While at OCU, Acting students will have several production opportunities throughout their four years.

  • On average, the schools of Dance, Music & Theatre produce 55 productions per year. Between contemporary theatre, classical theatre, opera, musical theatre, student-produced theatre, and dance & choreography shows, there will be plenty to audition for!
  • Teaching and learning is structured around preparing our artists to venture from the classroom to the stage.
  • Students will also have opportunities to direct through Stage II (stripped-down black box shows), Out of the Box (student-produced theatre), and OCUedge (staged readings).


21st century entertainment job market does not want one-trick ponies. We help you develop a deep and diverse tool box of skills with training that highlights:


We believe if you can perform Shakespeare, you can do anything. With over 200 paying Shakespeare festivals in the country, a student well-trained in classical work will always be a commodity. Our students experience a diverse body of classical work both in the classroom and on stage. By the end of your junior year, you will have performed in both a Chekhov and a Shakespeare showcase.


OCU offers two semesters of on-camera training, which is a semester more than most programs. We know the best-paying jobs in our field these days have a camera attached to it. Before graduating, our students will have learned both technical and on-screen components of the film & television industry.


Even though this is an Acting degree, there is a great focus on musical theatre skills. Students are required to take private voice with Wanda L. Bass School of Music faculty and dance classes with the Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Entertainment.


  • NEW YORK CITY- Selected Grads fly to NYC the day after graduation to perform in a showcase for industry professionals.
  • LOS ANGELES- A 5 day trip including showcase for industry professionals, tours, and masterclasses.
  • CHICAGO- Over a weekend in April, half a dozen agents and casting directors audition seniors, teach masterclasses, give personalized feedback.
  • DALLAS- Throughout Spring semester of senior year, casting directors and agents from Dallas come up to audition our students.
NY Showcase 2020