College of Fine Arts and Design

Department of Theatre Arts

UCO Theatre Arts Mission: Knowledge. Skills. Values.

Mission Statement

The UCO Department of Theatre Arts helps students learn the knowledge, skills, and values for successful careers in professional theatre and theatre education.

The Department of Theatre Arts is thriving and vigorous.  Students encounter a stellar faculty in rigorous academic training as well as engaging in a host of varied and challenging production and performance opportunities. Our positive, creative atmosphere empowers our students to work hard and accomplish our degree learning outcomes.  All graduates from our program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the artistic skills and technical competencies required in their area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of theatre, including the ability to analyze, evaluate, and critique dramatic literature from a range of historical periods, cultural contexts, social perspectives, and genres of performance in both verbal and written formats.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesize the artistic skills, fundamental knowledge, and technical competencies from the area of concentration in a performance, presentation, or project.
  • Demonstrate the competency and skill required to work collaboratively and individually in the area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate growth in area of concentration, including artistic skill, technical proficiency, collaborative competence, and discipline knowledge through a “capstone” performance, presentation, or project.
  • Demonstrate professional, entry-level competence in the area of concentration, including the ability to develop and advance a career in professional theatre and/or theatre education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge, skills, and competencies of the area of concentration in fields outside of the discipline, i.e., community outreach, public service, and/or social action.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively practice a range of requisite skills in area of concentration, including adaptability, health and wellness, personal and public safety, task orientation, and time management.

UCO theatre students are recognized for their early professionalism, talent, training, and commitment. Accordingly, even while they are pursuing their degree, they are much in demand as actors and designers in area theatres such as Carpenter Square Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Reduxion Theatre, City Repertory Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre and Lyric Theatre.

Recent Awards and Recognition

  • 2014 Woyzeck was selected as one of the top 6 productions (out of 200) within Region 6 of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF).  Additionally, two student s won national and four students won regional awards.
  • 2011 Mr. Marmalade was selected as one of the top 12 productions nationally by KC/ACTF.  Additionally, two actors received Distinguished Performance Awards and the director received a Distinguished Directing Award.
  • The Edmond Sun newspaper 2010 sunshine awards “UCO Best Live Theatre”
  • 2011 Oklahoma College Public Relations Association awarded Quin Tran and Sam Ferguson, UCO University Relations, first place for their documentary video the making of "Changed Forever".
  • 2011 Tartuffe received Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Acting Award from KC/ACTF.
  • Little Women received the following Excellence Awards from KCACTF:
    Stage Management, Hair/Wig, Costume Design, Scenic Design, Directing, Ensemble Acting, and three Acting awards

How to Become a Theatre Arts Major

Students officially enrolled at UCO—are welcome to declare Theatre Arts as his/her major. 

Click here to declare a Theatre Arts major