School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041



We hope you’ll join us for many performances this season, and we’ve made doing so even easier with the elimination of service charges for all tickets.

Events are subject to cancellation or change, please be sure to check our website calendar for current performance information. Many of our shows sell out, and only an advance ticket purchase guarantees your seat. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Varner Hall, on the OU campus, is surrounded by ample free parking.

How to Order

Phone and Online
Advance general admission tickets are available through Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737 or the Varner Hall box office Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. at (248) 370-3013. To purchase tickets online without a service fee, visit Tickets purchased by phone or online will be held at will call at no additional charge. Everyone must show their ID when picking up tickets.

In person

Tickets are available at two locations on the Oakland University campus:

  • Varner Hall Box Office: Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. from September 25 to December 7; and January 3 to April 12, May 6-17 and June 7. Tickets are also sold one hour before each performance, subject to availability. There is an auxiliary box office located on the east end of Varner Hall, outside the Studio Theatre performance space, which is only open one hour prior to Studio Theatre and Lab Theatre shows. A portable box office will be set up at our off-campus venues for will-call pickup. Please note: the box office is closed when classes are not in session.
  • Office for Student Involvement (OSI) Service Window in the lower level of the Oakland Center (Room 49): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Cash, checks, credit cards and GrizzCa$h are accepted.

Group sales

Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more who pre-book their visit to any Music, Theatre or Dance performance. You are strongly encouraged to make reservations well in advance, as many of our shows sell out. For information call the box office manager at (248) 370-4578.

Box office hours

The Varner Box Office is during the academic year from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and one hour before performances. The Box Office is located in the west end of Varner Hall by the Recital Hall entrance. A box office is open near Varner Studio Theatre one hour before performances in that venue. 

Many of our events sell out, so please call the box office for information about same-day availability.


Oakland University is located in southeastern Michigan between Flint and Detroit. The 1,441-acre campus actually extends into two cities — Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, between Adams Road and Squirrel Road, just south of Walton Boulevard.

Take I-75 to exit 79 and go east on University Drive to the main entrance of campus. Or, take M-59 to the Squirrel Road exit and go north to the main entrance of campus at the corner of University Drive. 

Varner Hall, which is located on Pioneer Drive in the southwest quadrant of campus.

For more information, see the online campus map

If you wish to use your smart phone map to find us search for "Varner Hall."  
Free parking is available in several lots adjacent to Varner Hall, including lots 36, 26 and 24. For a printable map, click here.