October 6, 2022
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, who will perform "American Catracho", is a proudly and visibly multicultural company, led by Latinx artist Wilfredo Rivera. The group combines dance and live music in visually stunning narrative performances that explore heritage and identity.
November 3, 2022
Ryan & Ryan is a father-son piano duo who amaze audiences with their ingenuity and skill. The blend of styles in this up-beat show, "Kickin' the Clouds Away" combined with their love of performance create an evening of music that inspires.
January 26, 2023
Nilaja Sun is the award-winning playwright who will perform her one-act contemporary masterpiece, "No Child...". This play is filled with humor and heartbreak as it reflects the experiences of children and teachers in under-resourced public schools in America.
This performance is suggested for adult audiences because of the realistic, yet sometimes profane, language of the teen characters.
March 23, 2023
In Ashwini Ramaswamy's "Let the Crows Come", the choreography is for three dancers with music by three composers. The classical Indian Bharatanatyam dance is deconstructed and recontextualized to recall a story that has a shared origin but is remembered differently from person to person – like a DJ re-mixing a song.
September 30, 2021
Broadway’s Next H!t Musical will bring an improvised, unscripted musical theatre event to the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Using suggestions from the audience, the group creates spontaneous scenes and songs accompanied by fantastic dancing and tons of laughter. During the “Awards Show” the audience votes for their favorite song and the cast turns it into a full-blown musical complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. Imagine all the fun of Whose Line is it Anyway? meeting a night at a Broadway Musical!
November 11, 2021
Rhythmic Circus will kick-off winter celebrations with their sensational show “Holiday Shuffle.” Families with children of all ages will be amazed and uplifted by this evening of joy and positive messaging through music, dance and humor. This company last performed their show, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!”, to rave reviews during the 15th season of DWPAS.
February 17, 2022
The family-friendly shadow dance company The Silhouettes will bring their acclaimed show “LOVE Happens” as the first DWPAS event of the new year.
March 10, 2022
Harmonious Wail will shake campus with their fiery and distinctive combination of genres ranging from the jazz of the Hot Club de France to the deepest blues of the Mississippi Delta to heartfelt folk scenes across Anytown, USA. Having performed virtually last season, now audiences can have a drink and chat in person with the multi-award-winning trio featuring mandolin virtuoso and vocalist Sims Delaney-Potthoff, master bassist Jeffo Weiss and vocalist extraordinaire Maggie Delaney-Potthoff.
March 31, 2022
The Arkansas-based slam poetry collective Foreign Tongues will bring the season to a close in a special additional performance. This first-of-its-kind event in DWPAS will feature an original poetry performance with all the energy of a slam and all the expertise of professional actors. Students will participate in writing and performance workshops and audiences will have an intimate opportunity to connect with the artists as they take storytelling to a new level.
Sept. 17, 2020 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
We kicked off the series with a “living room concert” with this Oklahoma City-based guitar virtuoso. Watch and listen live as he performs pieces from his extensive repertoire and takes requests from our audience. Throughout the evening, Cruz will also lead a masterclass-style discussion of technical aspects of solo guitar performance and reflect on the rising prominence of fingerstyle guitar.
Oct. 8, 2020 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
Artistic directors Darren and Heather Stevenson will give audiences an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at new pieces in development with the company and how their creative process has adapted in quarantine. This “community conversation” will be live and allow for audience questions and comments.
Oct. 23, 2020 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
Students and Alumni of the theatre arts program will present their fall performance in live, online video on one night only. DWPAS audiences are invited to experience the Oklahoma premiere of this new play, a contemporary sequel to Othello, that examines the enduring legacy of prejudice and trauma in a world where Shakespeare’s world crosses with our own. The cast and crew will hold a behind-the-scenes conversation with the audience after the performance, hosted by guest dramaturg, USAO alumna Cynthia Cunningham, M.F.A.
Feb. 18, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly brilliantly reinterprets texts from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays as lyrics for original jazz songs featuring Nicole Zuraitis’ powerhouse vocals. The audience will not only enjoy a live, concert performance but will engage with the artists in real-time to collaborate on work!
March 25, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
This multi-award-winning trio will round out our “alternative” series, introducing audiences to the group’s distinctive and fiery fusion of musical styles that reach from the jazz of the Hot Club de France to the deepest blues of the Mississippi Delta to the heartfelt folk scenes across every-town America. This exclusive online concert is a preview of their spectacular live performance that will be featured in the DWPAS 20th anniversary season.
October 24, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel DRACULA comes to life in an original, multi-media performance that combines visual art, acrobatics, dance, and mime. The classic tale of seduction and madness manipulates the beautiful, remarkable, and unfamiliar to evoke wonder at “the strength of the human soul expressed through the power of the human body.”
November 21, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
Get in the holiday spirit with M-PACT’S Winter Wonderland. This award-winning pop-jazz vocal a cappella group has been called the “Cirque du Soleil of Song.” Their vocal acrobatics and innovative orchestrations will awe audiences of all ages in this musical revue designed to kick-off to the most wonder-full time of the year!
February 20, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
Tradition. Innovation. Sensation. DALLAS STRING QUARTET starts the show as the string quartet you think you know, and ends as DSQ Electric, introducing the range of possibilities of strings performance along the way. These classically-trained musicians take audiences on a journey of wonder to “the meeting place of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide.”
March 12, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
DLUX, a professional theatre company, tours nationally with original performances using high-quality puppets and multimedia to retell classics for children, families and the young at heart. In this trip down the rabbit hole, Alice encounters life-sized puppets, created and voiced by master puppeteer Derek Lux. The “juke-box” musical includes popular music from the 60s, 70s and 80s in educational storytelling that emphasizes the value of communication, creativity and positivity.
January 31, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
March 7, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Ballroom
February 15, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
March 15, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Davis Hall Little Theater
March 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
February 4, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Ballroom
March 3, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
February 14, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Ballroom
March 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
February 7, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.
April 15, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.
January 31, 2012
February 27, 2012
January 25, 2011
February 28, 2011
February 23, 2010 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
March 23, 2010 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
February 6, 2009 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
March 10, 2009 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
November 6, 2007 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
December 11, 2007 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
February 15, 2008 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
March 4, 2008 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
October 24, 2006 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
January 23, 2007 | 7:30 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
February 27, 2007 | 7:30 p.m. | Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
October 27, 2005 | 8:00 p.m. | Davis Hall Theater
January 13, 2006 | 8:00 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
February 28, 2006 | 8:00 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
February 11, 2005 | 8:00 p.m. | USAO Ballroom
March 6, 2005 | 2:00 p.m. | USAO Ballroom
April 5, 2005 | 8:00 p.m. | Troutt Hall Auditorium
November 11, 2003 | 8:00 p.m. | Davis Hall Theater
January 20, 2004 | 8:00 p.m. | USAO Alumni Chapel
March 9, 2004 | 8:00 p.m. | Troutt Hall Auditorium
December 19, 2002 | 7:30 p.m. | Troutt Hall Auditorium
February 13, 2003 | 8:00 p.m. | Troutt Hall Auditorium
April 17, 2003 | 8:00 p.m. | Davis Hall Theater
In its inaugural year, the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series featured the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Trio Montevideo from Uraguay, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and Glenn Miller Orchestra.