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 2024-25

Written by Marcy Heisler with music by Zina Goldrich.
July 11 and 12 , 2024 @ 10:30 AM | July 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM, July 13 and 14 at 2:00PM
Atkinson Theatre

Created by the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

Written by Rick Elise with music by Wayne Barker
September 26-28, 2024 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 29th at 2:00 pm.
Atkinson Theatre

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

By Robert Harling
Nov. 14-16, 2024 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 17th at 2:00 pm.
Atkinson Theatre

Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, is where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Annelle: who is not sure whether or not she is still married. The outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy who dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”). Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

• Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
• Book by John August
March 6-8, 2025 at 7:30 pm and March 9th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

May 2-3, 2025 at 7:30 pm and May 4th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

Written, Directed and performed by RSC students and staff, this is an exhilarating journey through different playwrights and their stories. Rose State students in collaboration with Faculty and Staff are responsible for choosing, directing, designing and performing plays ranging from one acts to ten-minute plays. The play festival is a fun evening not to be missed!

Go to for tickets and info  or call 405-733-7430

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
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