2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Theatre BA

(HEGIS: 10.07 DRAMATIC ARTS, CIP: 50.0501 Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General)

Theatre & Dance

285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620-5030
716-645-6897
716-645-6992
www.theatredance.buffalo.edu
Lynne Koscielniak
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance
Dyan Burlingame
Director of Theatre BFA, Design/Technology Concentration
Eero Laine
Director of Theatre B.A.
Vincent O’Neill
Director of Theatre BFA, Performance Concentration
Karen Cleary
Assistant to the Chair
Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager

Why study Theatre BA at UB?

The Theatre BA program offers study in a broad range of theatrical disciplines covering the artistic, literary, historical, and technical aspects of theatre and performance, while encouraging students to design their own focus within a liberal arts degree program. All BA Theatre students take core courses in the fundamentals of theatre, and then choose from among a wide variety of courses in their specific areas of interest, including acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage management, or theatre studies. Our graduates have gone on to graduate study, have followed successful careers in professional theatre, film, and television, or have applied their theatre skills to enter law school, MBA programs, arts administration, education, and many other professional fields. A Theatre major is an excellent way for students to develop the critical skills of writing, technology, presentation, and critical thinking vital to professional success in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Identify major figures and events from theatre history, theory and criticism;
  • Define and use appropriate critical vocabulary of theatre arts, including script analysis, acting, and design terminology
  • Critically read, interpret, and evaluate a range of representative plays and situate representative plays and performance events within larger cultural and historical movements
  • Construct and articulate in speech and writing a compelling thesis about theatre history, literature, or theory using acquired research skills and critical vocabulary;
  • Integrate the concerns of actors, directors, and designers into a collaborative creative process, both in the creation of extant plays and original work;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceive and execute an original performance, either solo or in a collaborative process.

The Learning Environment

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a comprehensive catalog of courses including seminar-based instruction, studio training, and hands on mentoring through experiential learning opportunities. All modes seek to integrate theoretical and practical instruction. Seminar and lecture courses, ranging from 20 to 100 seats, engage students in discussion on historical trends, contemporary practice, philosophical and aesthetic principles, criticism and analysis, and technical skills. Studio courses apply theory to technique in small, practice-based classes ranging from 16 to 28. Coursework often includes attendance at live performances as well participation in live production, and contributes to the development of professional portfolios, performance reels, and academic resumes. Practicums, tutorials, and independent studies supplement classwork with focused, in depth exploration of the discipline through close mentorship with faculty and guest artists.

About Our Facilities

UB’s Department of Theatre & Dance boasts an array of resources for both instruction and practical preparation for productions, including performance and classroom space in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus. Within the CFA students directly benefit from the use of:

  • The Drama Theatre: a 388-seat theatre 
  • The Black Box Theatre: a flexible space with seating of 100-120
  • Rehearsal Workshop: a mirror image of the Black Box Theater used for acting classes and rehearsals
  • Dance Studios: 2 spacious studios with full-length mirrors, Marley floors, and specially designed sound systems
  • Scene Shop
  • Costume Shop
  • Craft Studio

Students also utilize:

  • Katharine Cornell Theatre: a flexible performance space that functions as a rehearsal room, acting classroom, and performance venue 
Alumni Arena: includes the Design Suite with drafting studio, lighting lab and 10-seat computer lab; an acting classroom and rehearsal space; dance studio; a seminar room; and departmental offices.

About Our Faculty

In Theatre & Dance you will study with active practitioners and internationally recognized scholars who are dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre and dance artists, teachers, and supporters. 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. They have extensive professional experience in directing, designing, dramaturgy, and performance on and off Broadway, on regional stages, in major dance festivals, in documentaries, and in film and television work. Twenty-two full time faculty members are support by an average of eight adjunct professors, six professional production staff, and four Teaching Assistants from our PhD Theatre & Performance program.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The skills required for success in the performing arts are broadly applicable across a range of professional careers. Our graduates work in film, television, and a wide array of live events. Many are awarded fellowships and assistantships to prestigious graduate programs across the country.

  • Actor
  • Agent: Theatrical, Film and Television
  • College Professor/Academia
  • Company Director/Artistic Director
  • Director: Stage, Film, Media Entertainment
  • Dramatic Coach
  • Dramaturge: Stage and Media (i.e., film, video games, theme park entertainment)
  • Entertainment Journalist
  • Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Organizations
  • Law
  • Presentation Consultant
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Theatre Critic

Recent graduates have appeared in productions of Pippin (Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Revival of a Musical), Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, and have been featured on CBS's Person of Interest, NBC’s Smash, among others. Others perform with major companies across Europe.

Academic Advising

First semester students are required to meet with their academic advisor. All students are expected to meet with their departmental major advisor each semester to ensure progress toward your degree. In addition to the major advisor, students meet with an academic advisor through the College of Arts & Sciences regarding general education requirements. Area Directors also provide close mentorship and oversight of students’ schedules, academic and artistic progress, and professional development.

Prospective majors should also arrange for an interview with the department academic advisor to ensure they are taking courses in the proper sequence and to obtain the most benefit from departmental advisement.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For advising on the Theatre BA contact:
Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager
kamallin@buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

  • UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards
  • The Perry Watkins scholarship is available to African American freshman students majoring in design/technology

Talent-based scholarships are also available to all students. Auditions, portfolios, and a personal interview are required for all scholarship students.

Academic Opportunities

In addition to the comprehensive coursework and experiential learning opportunities provided by the Department of Theatre & Dance, students benefit from numerous extended learning and professionalization opportunities throughout the year. Professional guest artists are brought in regularly to teach workshops, direct and design and productions, and lead seminars on topics relevant to the field. Through these guest artists, UB students have been able to be part of several world premiere productions. Our Alumni Lecture Series brings in UB graduates to provide networking opportunities for current students. Through generous alumni funding, students are able to produce several fully funded student productions each year under the mentorship of Theatre & Dance faculty. Students are also able to work alongside professional artists and technicians at the Center for the Arts, and gain experience in a large presenting venue.

Experiential Learning

Performance and production are essential parts of the Theatre & Dance curriculum, providing over 500 hands-on learning experiences for students in every discipline each year. Our students prepare for professional careers through various research and creative activities both on and off campus at nationally recognized theatres and organizations. The department produces 8 shows annually, including: 2 musicals, 2 theatrical productions, and 4 dance concerts. Students can begin performing as early as their second-semester freshman year, and Design & Technology students can begin working on productions their first semester at UB. Course credit is available for approved production and performance work in off-campus, professional productions. The Department has longstanding relationships with several professional theatres in Buffalo, where our students obtain internships in production, management, and marketing, as well regularly perform.

Study Abroad

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers an immersive, study abroad experience in London during the winter session. Over the course of three weeks, students are led on a guided discovery of London’s artistic and cultural world. Instruction takes place on site at some of the world’s most fascinating historic, cultural, and performing arts venues, as well as while attending an extensive line up of performances across a wide range of mediums, genres, and styles. Students also take on an independent artistic and cultural research project while in London, which provides them with the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice. Applications are welcome from undergraduate students enrolled at any accredited US college or institution who is in good academic standing with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

Extracurricular Activities

The Guild is a theatre-oriented group managed entirely by students. It hosts opening night receptions, organizes group attendance at local theatre and performance events, and supports original students work. The student representatives from this group also function as the liaison among department faculty, staff, and students.

Dancers Workshop, a student-run organization, also generates a production annually. Workshop advisors are members of the faculty. The Guild, a student theatre and dance organization, develops and supports student-directed workshop productions.

From the Wings is a student organization that offers non-credit performance opportunities for music theatre majors and others in the department with an interest in musical theatre performance. Music Theatre faculty serve as advisors and mentors for this group.

Paid technical assistant positions are available with the CFA Production Department. To apply, please call (716) 645-6926.

See the UB Student Association.

Honors and Awards

  • College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Departmental Award
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior Award
  • Departmental Honors
  • Julia Pardee Prize [Awarded for excellence in writing in theatre, dance or music theatre]
  • Performing and Creative Arts Scholarships

Becoming a(n) Theatre BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Prospective Theatre BA students must apply and be accepted to the university. No audition or interview is required for admission.

Transfer Admission to the Program

An audition is required for acceptance into the BA Dance program, the BFA Dance program, the BFA Music Theatre program, and the BFA Theatre, Performance Concentration program. An interview is required for acceptance into the BFA Theatre, Design/Technology program. No audition or interview is required for the BA Theatre program.

Transfer students must also apply and be accepted by the university, with an overall GPA of 2.5 in order to matriculate to programs in the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Interested transfer students are encouraged to contact the Academic Manager as early as possible to discuss curriculum and progress toward degree. Please be aware that, due to the degree requirements and course sequencing for BFA degrees, students may require additional time to degree completion.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

An audition is required for acceptance into the BA Dance program, the BFA Dance program, the BFA Music Theatre program, and the BFA Theatre, Performance Concentration program. An interview is required for acceptance into the BFA Theatre, Design/Technology program. No audition or interview is required for the BA Theatre program.

Currently enrolled UB students in good standing with the university with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible for matriculation to programs in the Department of Theatre & Dance department.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Academic Manager as early as possible to discuss curriculum and progress toward degree. Please be aware that, due to the degree requirements and course sequencing for BFA degrees, entering the program after you freshman year may require additional time to degree completion.

Suggested Introductory Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
w/ TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 108 Basic Acting I

Completing the Theatre BA Program

Academic Requirements

Theatre BA students tailor their requirements to their area of study, primarily acting, design & technology, or literature/directing. Students must complete their core requirements in order to advance to upper level electives. Upper level electives must come from the Department of Theatre & Dance (Dance or Music Theatre classes are not applicable).

Academic Advice

Interested prospective or current students are encouraged to speak to the departmental advisor and program director to discuss their career goals and the program requirements. Since the Theatre BA encompasses all fields of Theatre (acting, design & technology, directing/literature), students are also encouraged to speak to the Area Directors of their concentration. Many courses, especially at the upper level, have pre-requisites or must be taken in sequence, so it’s important to track requirements and speak with an advisor to assure progress toward your degree. BA students are eligible for casting and design positions with our departmental productions.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Theatre & Dance should consult with the Program Director and Academic Manager in order to assess applicable coursework toward their degree. Transfer coursework is evaluated by our faculty, and requires the submission of a course syllabus as well as previous transcripts. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of technique courses based on this evaluation, which may not correspond directly to student’s academic year.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
w/ TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 108 Basic Acting I

Required Courses

TH 201 Script Analysis
TH 203 Visual Imagination
TH 301 World Theatre Before 1700
TH 302 Theatre in the Modern World, 1700-Present

One design course:
TH 303 Scene Design, OR TH 306 Costume Design, OR TH 332 Lighting Design I
A total of 24 additional credits to include the following:

  • Two dramatic literature courses (min. 6 credits)
  • Courses in one area of concentration: acting, directing, dramaturgy, design/tech, or dramatic literature and writing (min. 9 credits)
  • At least 15 credits should be taken at 300-level or above
  • Two 200/300-level TH practicums

Electives

TH 107 Costume Construction

TH 109 Basic Acting 2

TH 205 Drafting

TH 208 Method Acting

TH 209 Method Acting 2

TH 212 Improv for Storytellers

TH 220 Performing America (Gen. Ed requirement- Diversity Learning)

TH 227 Voice I

TH 228 Voice 2

TH 230 Theatre Crafts

TH 300 Stage Management

TH 303 Scene Design

TH 306 Costume Design

TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy

TH 315 Modern Theatre I

TH 316 Modern Theatre II

TH 325 Performance and the Critic

TH 331 Problems in Technical Theatre

TH 332 Lighting Design

TH 341 Theatre Studio

TH 342 Theatre Studio

TH 343 Theatre Studio

TH 349 Technical Studio

TH 370 Age of Shakespeare

TH 401 Directing 1

TH 402 Directing 2

TH 403 Scene Design 2

TH 406 Costume Design 2

TH 411 Theatre Workshop

TH 412 Theatre Workshop

TH 413 Theatre Workshop

TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy

TH 421 Devised Theatre

TH 425 Media and Performance

TH 433 Lighting Design 2

TH 439 Design Seminar

TH 466 Women in Theatre

TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre (theories of acting, directing, and design)

TH 477 Production Dramaturgy

TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major 63
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum   40
Additional Credits Required for Electives  17
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for the Theatre BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to finish this degree in four years. 

Theatre & Dance

285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620-5030
716-645-6897
716-645-6992
www.theatredance.buffalo.edu
Lynne Koscielniak
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance
Dyan Burlingame
Director of Theatre BFA, Design/Technology Concentration
Eero Laine
Director of Theatre B.A.
Vincent O’Neill
Director of Theatre BFA, Performance Concentration
Karen Cleary
Assistant to the Chair
Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager

Curricular Plan

Theatre BA
Published: May 22, 2017 11:17:11 AM