OU Together: COVID-19 Resources
The University of Oklahoma is planning for a resumption of in-person classes at regular capacity university-wide for the fall 2021 semester.
OU TOGETHER serves as a centralized, evolving resource for our Norman campus operations. Please visit frequently for the latest information. Find information about COVID-19 resources and masking protocols here.
Fine Arts ENGAGE Calendar 2021-2022
"The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts brings you a entirely new academic year of fascinating experiences in the arts," said Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the college. "This year's ENGAGE calendar offers a variety of concerts, recitals, art exhibitions and University Theatre productions all open to the public for your enjoyment."
We invite you to join us in the Fine Arts District. Please visit the full calendar here.
Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate
The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (AME) Graduate Certificate is a program meant for students interested in building a career in the arts in an exciting but ever-changing marketplace. The program is built on a flexible structure of fine arts, arts entrepreneurship, and MBA courses that develop the skills needed for career success and creative impact. Offered by the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Price College of Business.
Brad Gray, Helmerich School of Drama Alum, part of the Tony Award-winning lighting design team for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical"
Brad Grey (left) with Justin Townsend, Lighting Designer for "Moulin Rouge! the Musical" and "Jagged Little Pill."
Brad Gray, 2012 OU Helmerich School of Drama lighting design alum, is part of the Tony Award-winning lighting design team for "Moulin Rouge! The Musical."
Grey is lighting programmer in two productions that were nominated for Best Lighting Design in a Musical in the 74th Tony Awards — "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" and "Jagged Little Pill" — Brad assists the lighting designer with programming the design into the computer console that will run the show for each performance.
"While a lighting designer is responsible for the artistic vision of the design, Brad's work is essential in translating that vision into a syntax that the computer running the production can understand," explained Jon Young, professor of scenic design at the Helmerich School of Drama.
School of Music Professor Zoe Sherinian Receives Best Oklahoma Feature Award for Documentary Film at deadCenter Film Festival
Sakthi Vibrations illuminates the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre, which uses the Tamil folk arts to develop self-esteem and economic skills in young Dalit women.
Zoe Sherinian, professor of ethnomusicology and chair of the Division of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music in General Studies at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, was named the recipient of the Best Oklahoma Feature Award for the documentary film Sakthi Vibrations at the deadCenter Film Festival award ceremony, held June 13 in Oklahoma City.
The 21st edition of the annual deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma’s largest and most celebrated film festival, featured a record-breaking slate of 180 films from around the world. The winners of each of the 16 categories were chosen by an independent jury of film industry professionals, including highly regarded producers, directors, writers and actors.
Sherinian’s award-winning ethnomusicological documentary seeks to reveal and analyze the outstanding model used by the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre for Dalit (outcastes or untouchables) women’s development that integrates folk art performance with social analysis, micro-economic sustainability, leadership and community development.
With renewed energy, the 2021-2022 theatre season offers a dynamic lineup full of love, new beginnings, extraordinary dance and a bit of fantasy. Our new theatrical season will entertain, touch, enliven, and inspire all as we return to our theatres to share in the joy of live performance. It will be a Season to Celebrate!
For more information, please visit THEATRE.OU.EDU.
Adam Honoré, Helmerich School of Drama Alum, Debuts on Broadway as Lighting Designer for Upcoming Production of "Chicken and Biscuits"
Adam Honoré, a lighting design alumnus of the Helmerich School of Drama, is making his Broadway design debut this fall as the lighting designer for the upcoming comedy production Chicken and Biscuits.
Directed by Zhailon Levingston and featuring Tony Award nominee and Broadway veteran Norm Lewis and Drama Desk winner Michael Urie, Chicken and Biscuits is the new Broadway raucous family comedy by Douglas Lyons, telling the story of a family coming together to celebrate the life of their father. “Expect to see transformation; a story we are all familiar with in a new light,” stated Honoré. With performances beginning Sept. 23 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, more information about the production can be found here.
“It will be a truly exciting and tearful moment to see a Design and Production alumnus on the title page of a Broadway Playbill,” stated Jon Young, Helmerich School of Drama professor of scenic design. “As a 2015 graduate from our BFA program, Adam has had a meteoric rise within our industry over the past six years and he is only just getting started. Look out, world!”
Since earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in drama in 2015, Honoré has rapidly accomplished a successful career as a lighting designer for plays, musicals and live events, nationally and internationally. His résumé includes off-Broadway productions, regional and national tours, and international premieres. Honoré's work has been seen in Austria, Canada and the Philippines, where he designed the international premiere of Fun Home, featuring Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga.
The Harlem-based designer has received several prestigious industry awards, nominations and accolades. Honoré is a Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, and Helen Hayes Award nominee; Audience Development Committee, Inc (AUDELCO) award recipient and listed on Live Design Magazine’s "30 Under 30".
Originally from New Orleans, Honoré is the first OU School of Drama alum to officially head the lighting design of a Broadway production. “This will also be the first live theater production I have designed since the pandemic. Being back at the theater will feel like a wonderful homecoming, an exhilarating and exciting new step in my career,” stated Honoré.
“OU Drama has, over its many years, seen its alumni excel in fields throughout the entertainment industry, but Broadway will always be seen as the standard by which success is measured,” said Seth Gordon, director at the Peggy V. Helmerich School of Drama. “To have Adam Honoré designing one of the first plays to go into production on Broadway coming out of the pandemic is a tremendous affirmation of the level of training we provide here. Adam is going to be an important leader in his field as his career continues to develop, and we’re very proud to be associated with his success.”
Dean Mary Margaret Holt Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, has been selected for a lifetime achievement award in honor of her significant contributions to ballet excellence in higher education.
OU Artist-in-Residence Paul Moore to Receive Nation’s Highest Award for Sculpture
Paul Moore, artist-in-residence, and professor of figurative sculpture at the University of Oklahoma, is the recipient of the nation’s most prestigious award for sculpture in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the art form.
The National Sculpture Society present Moore its Special Medal of Honor at its annual conference 2021. Throughout the society’s 127-year history, only 45 special honor awards have been given to accomplished artists, architects, historians, and philanthropists. Moore will be the 28th artist to receive this award, joining past recipients such as Daniel Chester French, who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Paul Manship, renowned for his sculpture of Prometheus in New York's Rockefeller Center.
“For decades, Paul Moore has brought our state’s history to life through his breathtaking bronze works of art.” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “At OU, he has immortalized some of our university’s most iconic figures, which will stand sentinel on our campus grounds for generations to come. He is incredibly deserving of this prestigious honor.”
Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund
The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state of Oklahoma. We are immensely proud of our students, and ask that you join us in assisting them with a helping hand through the newly established Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund.
With your help, we can make a difference!
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