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 2022-23

RSC Theatre Season 2022-23

By Larry Shue
September 22-24, 2022 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 pm.
Atkinson Theatre

One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam—the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

This play includes mature language.

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
October 27- 29th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 pm, 2022
Atkinson Theatre

In this original story, the macabre Addams family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandmama and Lurch headlong into a night that will change the family forever.   For all audiences

Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
February 23-25, 2023, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics, and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.   Rated PG-13

By Thornton Wilder
April 20-22, 2023, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm
Atkinson Theatre

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town follows the courtship and marriage of George and Emily, and in following the two, reveals the hidden mystery behind the everyday. Wilder’s portrait of life, love and death is set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a fictional New England town at the start of the 20th century. With penetrating wisdom about living in a community, this play is an enduring American treasure and one of the greatest plays of world theatre.  For all audiences.

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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