The mission of the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama is to educate theatre artists, scholars and teachers, preparing them to enter their professions with a knowledge of evolving industry standards; to perpetuate theatre art by encouraging and nurturing the development of new artistic endeavors; and to provide a variety of theatrical productions and programs of excellence to Oklahoma audiences.
Christopher Sadler Named Rothbaum Professor of Excellence
Professor Christopher Sadler, associate professor of drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2019 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts.
Professor Sadler joined the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Since his arrival he has been a tireless educator, revising the stage management curriculum to reflect an ever-changing profession and creating new courses (ranging from music notation to dramatic literature) to enhance students’ education. One former student remarked of Professor Sadler: “His classes are spaces conducive to discussion and debate, especially about challenging ideas, and they remain safe spaces to share and discuss because Chris prioritizes respect, leading by example.”
When asked about his leadership in arts education, Sadler said, “In 2005, I became the first faculty member at OU dedicated to the teaching of stage management. From the beginning, I was determined to make the bachelor of fine arts degree in stage management prominent regionally and nationally."
Join Our Team!
The Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Lighting Design!
The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to teaching, training and working in a university environment, demonstrated artistic ability at both professional and academic levels, as well as strong collegial interpersonal skills. Candidate will teach courses in Lighting Design at an undergraduate level including, but not limited to: Lighting Design, Computer Aided Design, Intro to Design; design one to three productions in OU’s University Theatre season; supervise and mentor student designers in production; and assume a role in the further development of the undergraduate design & production concentrations. Candidate will be expected to maintain professional design opportunities and/or creative and scholarly activities in order to achieve tenure and succeed in the program.
The OU Helmerich School of Drama prepares students for creative and meaningful professional careers in a broad range of jobs in professional theatre, dance, opera, TV, film, live entertainment, industrial and theme park venues. We offer theatre training in a conservatory-style environment while still offering the advantages of a liberal arts education from a nationally renowned university. The School is comprised of 22 full-time faculty & staff with 135 majors. It offers a BFA in Theatre with emphases in design (scenic, lighting, costume, and sound), performance, stage management, and dramaturgy as well as an MA in Drama. The School collaborates with the Schools of Dance and Musical Theatre, and the School of Music’s Opera Program to produce 9 main stage productions each year in addition to a season of 3-4 Gilson Lab Theatre studio productions.
Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings.
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Drama Welcomes New Director
Gordon named new director of the Helmerich School of Drama
Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma.
A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master classes in directing and acting at Webster University, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Play House, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute and New York University.
As associate artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Gordon created and produced Ignite! an annual new play festival; crafted and curated a new play commissioning program; administered creative campaigns and fundraising efforts; assisted with season selection; supervised the casting and literary department; and was a member of the long range strategic planning committee.
"We are eager to welcome Seth to the University of Oklahoma as he enriches our already strong theatrical offerings in the Helmerich School of Drama and guides our talented faculty, students and staff toward a bright, exciting future," said Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.
HELMERICH SCHOOL OF DRAMA GRADUATE RECEIVES JEFF AWARD
2014 graduate Paul Kim received Jefferson Award in Chicago Monday night
Helmerich School of Drama Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Oklahoma School of Drama is to educate theatre artists, scholars, and teachers, preparing them to enter their professions with a knowledge of evolving industry standards; to perpetuate theatrical art by encouraging and nuturing the development of new artistic endeavors; and to provide a variety of theatrical productions and programs of excellence to Oklahoma audiences.
Drama Students Receive Regional Awards
Helmerich School of Drama students
March 3rd, 2016 - Students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma won numerous top honors at the recent Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Angelo, Texas.
Auditions & Recruiting Events
The Helmerich School of Drama preliminary auditions and interviews are held at regional thespian conferences throughout the country. To reserve an audition/interview time, please call the Helmerich School of Drama office at 405-325-0546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Arts Box Office 325-4101
Adult $8, Student with ID $6
$5 at the door. Cash or check only.
Lab Theatre Productions for 2019-2020
Hope and Gravity
by Michael Hollinger
directed by Susan Shaughnessy
7:30 pm September 24th - 28th
3:00 pm September 29th
by Franz Kafka, adapted by Joe Alberti
directed by Joe Alberti
7:30 pm November 12th - 16th
3:00 pm November 17th
by Pierre Corneille
directed by Judith Midyett Pender
7:30 pm Feb. 18th - 22nd
3:00 pm Feb. 23rd
Student Playwriting Festival
7:00 pm April 7th - 11th
For University Theatre productions, please visit theatre.ou.edu
Held in Old Science Hall Studio Theatre
I And You
by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Micah Weese
7:30 pm Nov. 19th, 21st, and 24th
Lucy and the Conquest
by Cusi Cram
directed by Norma Ruiz Cruz
7:30 pm Nov. 20th and 22nd
3:00 pm Nov. 24th
by Emma Goidel
directed by Benjamin Burton
7:30 pm April 21st, 23rd, and 25th
A Doll's House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath
directed by Audrey Armacost
7:30 pm April 22nd and 24th
3:00 pm April 25th