Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre

The TU Theatre program is dedicated to the collaborative process intrinsic in making excellent theatre. The primary focus of the program is on undergraduate training. The training offers a wide variety of approaches and techniques in performance and design; in the social and historical relevance of theatre, the craft of the playwright and the technician. The production arm of the department is seen as a laboratory in which students and faculty aspire to work collaboratively toward a unified and exciting theatre event.

The TU Theatre season is dedicated to variety and quality. TU Theatre has been recognized nationally through the American College Theatre Festival, the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Design and Stage Management Awards.

Traditionally, the Theatre Arts have been a rich and rewarding part of the student life at the University of Tulsa. Students from all areas of study are eligible and welcome to participate in productions.

Mission Statement

The core of theatre study is collaboration. At TU, this cooperative approach fuels

  • Communication and critical thinking skills;
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the profession;
  • Inquisitiveness and imaginative engagement with the world;
  • The tools to develop a strong personal aesthetic and sense of self;
  • Artistic initiative and risk-taking founded on a passion for creative expression;
  • Social engagement through active contributions to the community.

Training is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach, providing the student with practical life skills and adaptability that cross over into other professions.

The Theatre department features courses that flexibly serve the need for both general and in-depth study, allowing students to pursue specialization in one area or gain a broad, general background. The curriculum combines a strong liberal arts program with the acquisition of balance knowledge in all aspects of theatre: performance, directing, design, stage management, technical skills, history, playwriting, and literature. Theatre students also study in a minor field such as art, music, literature, psychology, creative writing, film studies or other disciplines.

Musical theatre provides courses to serve student needs in all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing, and dancing. Musical theatre students acquire knowledge in all areas of musical theatre performance: acting, voice and movement for the stage, audition techniques, basic piano and theory, private vocal study, musical theatre history and literature, stagecraft, and theatre dance. A minor area of study is not required since the degree offers areas of concentration in both music and theatre. Music theatre students will perform in mainstage musicals of all genres, cabaret offerings, and studio performances.

A double major in Theatre (taking specified course work to satisfy state certification requirements) with a double major in Secondary Education may be obtained for those interested in certifying to teach Theatre at the high school level.  Secondary teacher certification and the MTA in Theatre are offered jointly with the School of Education.