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Student Travel

UCO Theatre Arts believes student travel creates a transformative learning experience that enhances global/cultural awareness and expands our individual and collective worldview. Each year, Central Theatre provides student travel opportunities at home and abroad. College credit and scholarships are available. For more information, contact Daisy Nystul, M.F.A.

Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival

The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) is an annual event that recognizes excellence in collegiate theatre. UCO Theatre Arts is an active member of Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). Each year, Central Theatre students travel to the regional festival and participate in a number of KC/ACTF events, including the Irene Ryan Acting Awards, the SDC Directing Initiative, the Musical Theatre Initiative, Design/Technology/Management Awards, and the Devised Performance Project.


The United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) is the nation’s premier network of technical theatre practitioners. Membership is comprised of students, educators, and both early and advanced career professionals in the fields of theatrical design and production. The USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo, which takes place in a different region of the United States each year, provides a forum for these creative individuals to gather and network together. Student members have the opportunity to attend forums and workshops led by industry experts, participate in portfolio review and feedback sessions, and interview directly with the nation’s top graduate schools, regional theatres, and live entertainment production companies. Student members may also submit realized production work to be considered for display at the conference, showcased before attendees from all corners of the United States and beyond.

Humana Festival of New American Plays “College Days”

In March, hundreds of undergraduate students and faculty attend a three-day immersion into the world-renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Student participants have access to a unique package of educational and professional development experiences that includes behind-the-scenes events, world premiere productions, and insight into professional careers in United States regional theatre.

International Study Tour

The UCO Theatre Arts study tour program provides students an opportunity to travel to England, Ireland, and Scotland in order to experience the art, culture, and theatre of these countries. Additionally, the program offers students a unique opportunity to perform in the United Kingdom; most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.