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School of Drama

Create your future at the Helmerich School of Drama!

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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Spring Recruitment has begun! Visit us at the National Unified Auditions!

 Unifieds have gone virtual this year, we will be holding our regional auditions over Zoom! Sign up for a slot to get the chance to perform for a faculty member and be considered for a callback to our program. Please prepare two contrasting monologues for this audition.

Visit the links below to sign up!

New York      January 23 - 24, 2021
Chicago        February 8 - 11, 2021
Los Angeles      February 13 - 14, 2021   


November 6th, 2020

Helmerich School of Drama Professor Named Rothbaum Professor of Excellence at OU

NORMAN, OK—Professor Lloyd Cracknell, associate professor of drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2020 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma.

After a highly successful and lucrative career in the fashion world, Professor Cracknell fell in love with the theatre and teaching. He earned his master of fine arts degree in drama from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and joined the Helmerich School of Drama in an interim position that year. 

Each year, professor Cracknell teaches a minimum of 10 classes in the School of Drama and serves as the resident costume designer for OU University Theatre. He designs two to three main stage productions, as well as mentoring student costume designers on five to six college-wide main stage productions and up to four lab productions each season.  

Seth Gordon, director, Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama said, “Lloyd is beloved by students, faculty and staff alike. His quiet leadership and mentorship is something I admire. The Rothbaum Award is a fitting tribute to all he has accomplished here, but more so, personally, I’m thrilled to have him as my colleague each day.”

When asked about his teaching philosophy, Cracknell stated, “All of my classes support a journey for the student that encourages the development of self-motivation, innovation, responsibility and creative confidence. The process of becoming a designer or technician is intensely personal, and my courses have been structured to allow for fluidity based on who is on the roster, but my belief is that the process must contain the following: learning how to collaborate and contribute to the production design process, how aesthetic choices combined with script analysis and in-depth research form the design, and learning basic and advanced construction techniques that inform the design.”

University Mandatory Masking Policy

Each OU campus has implemented and will enforce a policy mandating that masks be worn by employees, students, patients, and visitors (1) when they are inside University facilities and vehicles and (2) when they are outdoors on campus and social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Each campus policy has been reviewed and approved by OU’s Chief COVID Officer and is effective until further notice.

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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.