Theatre 23

School of Arts & Sciences

Speech and Theatre

The Speech and Theatre program strives to enable its members to achieve learning excellence and reach their full potential through guidance, instruction, and learning experiences in preparation for graduate studies and professional applications in speech and theatre related fields. 

The Speech and Theatre program offers multiple courses designed to improve understanding of the human communication process and to develop proficiency in many types of communication from public speaking to the performing arts. 

The Speech and Theatre program offers the following major and minor coursework.

  • Speech and Theatre major
  • Musical Theatre minor​
  • Speech Communication minor
  • Theatre minor


Kimberly Weast, MFA
Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Ryerson Hall 330
(580) 327-8462

Mickey Jordan
Instructor of Technical Theatre
Herod Hall Facilities Manager
Ryerson Hall 302
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8458

Tamara Brown
Assistant Professor of Speech
Chair, Communication Department
Vinson Hall 110
(580) 327-8429


Castle Players Theatre Club

President: Lisa Turner

Vice-President: Alan Garcia

Secretary/Treasurer: Archer Bohlen

Historian: Kevin Jaquez

Social Media: Maegan Holson

For more information please contact our president at


All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University.

Students active in this department also may qualify for participation scholarships of up to $2,000. An audition and/or portfolio review is preferred but not required. The on campus audition date is February 3, 2024. Auditions after February 3, 2024, can be made by arrangement with the Fine Arts Chair

For departmental scholarships, you will need to fill out a form provided by the Fine Arts Chair by February 5.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

The incoming freshman deadline is May 15 while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

For more information, please visit Scholarships

Available Scholarships

 Applications are available online here.

The Globe Theatre Award (Donovan Reichenberger Theater Scholarship) was established to aid an outstanding student in the Northwestern theatre program. The applicant must be accepted as a full-time student to Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU). The applicant may be an incoming freshman, transfer or continuing student at NWOSU. They must have a 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale. They must meet admissions standards and the scholarship criteria set forth by Northwester’s Fine Arts Department.

The Maude Drake Bingham Scholarship is given to a continuing Northwestern upper division student or graduate student who is enrolled full-time. The first preference will be given to a speech/theatre major, and the second preference given to any major within the school of Arts and Sciences. The Scholarship recipient must have at least a 3.0 CGPA.  

The NWOSU Theatre Scholarship is given to an incoming first-year student, transfer student, or continuing student at NWOSU. The applicant must have a 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale and must participate in theatre courses and productions as well as Castle Players Club. Additionally, the applicant must meet admission standards and the scholarship criteria set forth by Northwestern’s Fine Arts Department.

The Stewart-Weast Scholarship is given to and incoming first-year, transfer, or continuing student at NWOSU who is enrolled full-time at the Alva campus.The scholarship recipient must have a 2.5 CGPA from high school and at least a 19 ACT and must participate each semester in theatre courses and theatre productions.

Careers for Degree

What Can I Do with a Speech & Theatre Degree?

  • Professional, community, religious, technical and children’s theatre
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Public speaking
  • Speech writing
  • Human resources
  • Lobbying
  • Motivational speaking
  • Politics
  • Customer service
  • Actors
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Artistic Directors
  • Scriptwriters
  • Script Editors
  • Playwrights and Dramaturgs
  • Stage Managers
  • Technicians
  • Set, Lighting, Sound, Make-up and Costume Designers


Student Learning Outcomes

The following are the five Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessed for the speech & theatre program.

SLO 1: Students will produce effective informative presentations in a public speaking setting.

SLO 2: Students will produce effective persuasive presentations in a public speaking setting.

SLO 3: Students will formulate strategies for successful communication in small group settings.

SLO 4: Students will analyze and develop all aspects of a theatrical production.

SLO 5: Students will formulate strategies for effective communication in intercultural situations.

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