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Mitchell Hall Theatre

Mission: To cultivate thriving performing arts venues, which are essential to the education and professional development of the students of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Mitchell Hall Theatre serves as the mainstage venue for the College of Fine Arts and Design's Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Dance and the UCO School of Music’s theatrical productions and concerts. Opened in 1926, our stage has hosted countless talented and award-winning actors, singers, dancers, musicians and speakers.

Mitchell Hall is also the home of the Broadway Tonight! series, Summerstock Productions and a variety of campuswide events.


The History of Mitchell Hall Theatre

Mitchell Hall, UCO’s mainstage performing arts venue, was dedicated on June 29, 1926, and was named in honor of Central’s president at the time, John G. Mitchell.

In the years since, the theater has been the home to a variety of campus performing groups, ranging from The Blue Curtain Players and The Orchesis Dancers in the early years to today’s performing arts programs. The university’s Broadway Tonight series has hosted national tours of musicals and performers, including Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Shirley Jones, Branford Marsalis and the award-winning dance troupe Diavolo.

The building has undergone a series of renovations over the years, including the installation of cushioned theater seating, carpeting, modern restrooms, and lighting and sound system upgrades. On the building’s 60th anniversary, central heat and air conditioning were added for the first time ever. The scene shop, crossover/storage, dressing rooms and classroom additions added approximately 5,000 square feet to the facility in 1997. In 2017, the Mitchell Education Center was added to Mitchell Hall to provide performance rehearsal space, along with a costume shop, storage, private dressing rooms and classroom areas.