Degree and Certificate Options

Theatre (Fine Arts)

Program Overview

The Rose State College Theatre Program offers a two-year, comprehensive program that prepares the theatre major for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution. In addition to acting, students gain hands-on experience in such areas as scene painting, set building, and makeup. Four shows are produced every year. Students learn the nature of producing each show as well as building organization, teamwork, and leadership skills.  Faculty and staff work closely with students in all aspects of the discipline. Rose State Theatre Department participates annually in the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival.

Program Objectives

  • Rose State College produces four shows every year.
  • Students have the opportunity to work alongside professional guest artists.
  • High level of opportunities to participate in productions allows students to get more exposure to theatre than they would at larger institutions.
  • Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the area of theatre that interests them: scene painting, set building, singing, acting, publicity, playwriting, stage managing, dramaturgy, etc.
  • The collaborative nature of producing each show reinforces skills in organization, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.
  • Faculty and staff work closely with students in all aspects of the discipline.
  • Students are encouraged to pursue a variety of internships in professional theatre.

Performance Venues

H.B. Atkinson Theatre

A 256-seat thrust theatre, which is a perfect performance space for intimate live performance. Acting and performance classes are also held in this space. 

Hudiburg Chevrolet Performing Arts Theatre

The soaring Performing Arts Theatre seats 1,400. This acoustically-superb, nearly-new facility includes recent upgrades to the theatrical lighting system in 2011 and a half-million dollar sound renovation in 2012.

Student Theatre

RSC Theatre Season 2023-24


By Michael Frayn

Oct. 5-7, 2023 at 7:30 pm Oct. 8th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Rated PG-13

GOOSEBUMPS, THE MUSICAL: Phantom of the Auditorium

Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch
Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Based on the book by R.L. Stine

Nov. 2-4, 2023 at 7:30 pm Nov. 5th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

The musical, which premiered in 2016 at the Todd Wehr Theater in Milwaukee and Portland's Newmark Theatre, concerns Brooke and Zeke, who are starring in a mysterious show called The Phantom and are not frightened by the old legend that the play is cursed. When strange messages start appearing and a masked menace disrupts rehearsals, they begin to wonder if there is a ghost haunting their school, determined to stop the show. Rated PG


By Charles Dickens adapted by Richard Nelson
December 7-10, 2023 at 7:30 pm December 10th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

A Christmas Carol is a ghost of a tale about the mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge—a businessman who believes charity promotes idleness and the poor should be left to die. In one spirited night after receiving visits from his dead business partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future—Scrooge awakes to the realization he’s been given a second chance to correct his mean and surly disposition toward humanity and Christmas. For all audiences


Based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

March 7-9, 2024 at 7:30 pm and Sunday March 10th at 2:00 pm. Atkinson Theatre

Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life's great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship.
For all audiences


By Ray Cooney

April 25-27, 2024 at 7:30 pm and Sunday March 28th at 2:00pm. Atkinson Theatre
Britain's master farceur ( Two Into One, Run For Your Wife, et al. ) is at it again. Set in a hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference. Rated PG

Transfer Agreements

Rose State College and other Oklahoma colleges and universities have memorandums of understanding which identify course equivalencies between both institutions. These agreements aid transfer students.  Transfer Agreements webpage


Rickey Nelson
Rickey Nelson
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Chris Shaneyfelt
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