Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The BA in Theatre degree is a liberal arts degree which provides students with more flexibility in their academic career. Students take the classes required in the Theatre major and select a non-theatre minor. The degree also offers 12 elective hours which can be filled with classes of their choice.  For students interested in a thorough study of Theatre with course variety, the BA is the perfect degree!  

At ORU, Theatre Majors experience:


The ORU Theatre program produces up to six main stage productions per academic year.  In addition, the students have performance and production opportunities in dance ensembles, opera, and student showcases.  ORU Theatre works closely with The Playhouse Tulsa, a professional regional theatre company, to produce theatrical opportunities for our students at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and other local venues. Longstanding relationships with the Los Angeles Film School, and internship programs with Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures also provide resources for ORU alumni. 


ORU Theatre is proud to sponsor a chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national, honorary, dramatic society which is a service organization to the community. APO seeks to stimulate interest in theatrical activities both on and off the ORU campus. Membership is open to current ORU students participating in ORU Theatre events and meeting the national membership requirements.


Whether a student is pursuing acting, theatrical production, design, directing, or producing, they will obtain the necessary skills through their experiences and study in the ORU theatre program.  Students participate in national auditions and have gained graduate school placement at Rutgers University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Arkansas, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of Missouri Kansas City, just to name a few.  In addition, our current students and alumni have appeared on Broadway, film, television, and in major regional theatres across the country.    


With a Bachelor's degree in Theatre, possible career paths include:

  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Production assistant
  • Scriptwriter
  • Script reader
  • Production designer
  • Stage manager
  • Collaborator
  • Talent/Casting Agent
  • Playwright
  • Theatrical Designer


What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

A myriad of opportunities awaits you in this major...acting, directing, set building, costume designing, stage management as well as a variety of seminar experiences with talented theatre professionals.



Theatre program auditions are held on Friday afternoons of College Weekend in November and March. 

Students interested in theatre scholarships are asked to prepare one 90 second monologue or provide a design portfolio, if interested in the theatre technology areas. Both auditions and portfolio reviews will be followed by an with an interview with the ORU theatre faculty. To schedule and audition, please complete the Request to Audition for a Talent Scholarship Form.

For musical theatre, please provide one song from the musical theatre repertoire. Auditions for the musical theatre program are scheduled via the ORU Music Department.

Course Offerings
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Directing
  • Theatrical Design courses including Makeup, Scenic, Lighting, and Costume
  • Performing Arts Management
  • Senior Project
  • Theatre History
  • Improvisation and Theatre Games
  • Playwriting
  • Survey of Applied Theatre
Degree Plans

Current degree plan for this major is available for download.

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