UB’s Music Theatre program is part of the Department of Theatre and Dance, which houses a vibrant community of students in Theatre, Dance, Design/Technology, and Music Theatre. We have a faculty of esteemed scholars and practitioners, actively engaged in teaching and performance experiences that meet the diverse interests and identities of our students.
The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a comprehensive catalog of courses including classroom-based learning, studio training and lessons, and experiential learning opportunities. All modes seek to integrate theoretical and practical instruction. Seminar and lecture courses, ranging from 15 to 100 seats, engage students in discussion on histories, contemporary practice, philosophical and aesthetic principles, criticism and analysis, and technical skills.
Studio work applies theory to technique in one-on-one lessons or small group classes. Coursework often includes attendance at staged performances and participation in production, which contributes to the development of professional portfolios, performance reels, and academic resumes. Students receive close mentorship from faculty and guest artists in practicums, tutorials, and independent studies, which supplement classwork with focused, in-depth exploration of the discipline.
About Our Faculty
In the Music Theatre BFA, you will study with active practitioners and internationally recognized scholars who are dedicated to developing the next generation of artists, teachers, and colleagues. The faculty is committed to pursuing education and performance projects in collaboration with the students and the community. Our curriculum is supported by more than twenty full time faculty members, as well as adjuncts from the professional community, production staff, and Teaching Assistants from our graduate programs.
UB’s Theatre & Dance Faculty are members of professional networks including Actor’s Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Society for Theatre Research, Dance Masters of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, National Dance Education Organization, Stage Actors Guild, and United Scenic Artists. Their extensive professional experience spans Broadway and off-Broadway, regional stages, major dance festivals, documentaries, and film and television work.