The Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts

  • The Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts is the showcase performance venue for Norman Public Schools. Located on North Stubbeman Avenue, adjacent to Norman North High School, the Center features a 1,200-seat Main Stage, a 200-seat Studio Theatre, Scene and Costume Shops, and an Art Gallery. The Center was conceived and designed as a unique performance facility, augmenting and serving schools across the district. The Center exists to provide students with curriculum-related arts experiences that are not possible in the normal classroom setting.

    An additional mission of the Center is to serve as a performance and activity venue for the Norman Community and the Central Oklahoma Region. While the Center was built primarily to house arts events created for and by our students, it is available for outside rentals on dates not already designated for student use. The Performing Arts Center’s public use is managed by the Norman Public School District. Non-NPS events will be scheduled beginning the first week of June.

Reservations

  • Please follow these steps to reserve the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts

    Norman Public School Groups
    Contact Dr. Tom Pender or  Nann Martin to see if the date you have in mind is available.
    Clear this date/event with your principal and/or site event coordinator before making a reservation.
    Contact Nann Martin, Fine Arts Project Coordinator, to reserve the date(s) for your event. She will check availability and conflicts with other district events and feeder schools.
    Once your date has been reserved, you will need to fill out the Event Coordinator Checklist. You may either email or fax it (366-1048) to Dr. Tom Pender, Theatre Manager. He will contact you regarding equipment, technical assistance, etc.
    Be sure to read the NPS NOCPA User's Handbook. For general information regarding the NOCPA, contact Dr. Tom Pender, Theatre Manager. Please have a copy of the emergency and safety guidelines on hand when using the center.
    Please note: NPS Fine Arts Events are our first priority in scheduling the NOCPA. We will begin accepting requests for NPS Non-Arts Events during the first week of May for the upcoming year.

    Non-Norman Public School
    Contact  Dr. Tom Pender or Nann Martin  to see if the date you have in mind is available. You may also wish to contact Dr. Thomas Pender at this time for general information regarding scheduling of the NOCPA facilities, rental rates, and rules and regulations for use of the building. Be sure to read the emergency and safety guidelines and have a copy with you should your request be approved.
    Fill out the "Request for Event Date" form and email, fax, or hand deliver to Dr. Pender. If using USPS, please note that we will use the date received and not the date postmarked. Your request MUST be submitted on this form.
    Once your date has been approved, Dr. Pender will prepare a rental estimate for your event. Upon receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit, the date will be held for your group and a contract will be sent to you.
    Proof of liability insurance ($1,000,000.00) must be provided before your group may enter the building.
    Please note: Non-NPS events will be scheduled beginning the Monday after Memorial Day for the following year.

NOCPA Staff

  • Thomas Pender, Ph.D.

    Theatre Manager
    Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts
    1809 Stubbeman
    Norman, OK 73069
    tpender@norman.k12.ok.us
    405-364-0397
    405-366-1048 fax

    Pete Franklin

    Theatre Technical Director
    Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts
    1809 Stubbeman
    Norman, OK 73069
    pfranklin@norman.k12.ok.us
    405-366-5827
    405-366-1048 fax