Why study Theatre Minor at UB?
*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Theatre Minor at UB offers study in a broad range of theatrical disciplines covering the artistic, literary, historical, and technical aspects of theatre and performance. Minors take a core curriculum in the fundamentals of theatre, and then choose from a wide variety of courses in their specific areas of interest, including acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage management, or theatre studies. Theatre minors can take advantage of performance opportunities as well as design and production work alongside our majors. A Theatre minor is an excellent way for students to complement their major study with essential skills of writing, technology, presentation, and critical thinking vital to professional success in the 21st century.
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 supported by an average of eight adjunct professors, six professional production staff, and four Teaching Assistants from our PhD Theatre & Performance program.
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Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.
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.
- Agent: Theatrical, Film and Television
- College Professor/Academia
- Company Director/Artistic Director
- Costume Designer
- Director: Stage, Film, Media Entertainment
- Dramatic Coach
- Dramaturge: Stage and Media
- Entertainment Journalist
- Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Organizations
- Lighting Designer
- Presentation Consultant
- Production Manager
- Set Designer
- Sound Designer
- Stage Manager
- Technical Director
- Theatre Critic
Recent graduates have appeared in Wicked, Pippin, 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.
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 degree. In addition to the major advisor, students meet with an academic advisor through the College of Arts & Sciences regarding general education requirements.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Scholarships and Financial Support
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:
- 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
- UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
- Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
- UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards