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Welcome to OU Drama! 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 theatrical 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.  

The Helmerich School of Drama is committed to a policy of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in all its classes and productions. We are committed to creating an equitable experience for all our students, faculty, and staff.  

We believe in the uniqueness of each member of our community. We are fueled by their diversity and strive to increase that diversity.  

We believe that the greatest art comes from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds, and experiences.

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Why choose the University of Oklahoma?

Drama performance major Jackie Simmons sat down with OU Admissions & Recruitment and shared her Sooner experience and why she chose the Helmerich School of Drama.

School of Drama Alum Has Broadway Lighting Design Debut

Adam Honoré

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.”

Learn more about Adam and his work here.

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The University of Oklahoma has resumed  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.

OU TOGETHER

Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and “Kirikirʔi:s” Wichita & Affiliated Tribes.

We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa and Osage nations. 

Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people.

The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgement is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up our entire OU Community.