- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
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 Facilities
UB’s Department of Theatre & Dance possesses broad resources for both instruction and practical preparation for productions, including performance and classroom space in the Center for the Arts (CFA) 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 equipped for acting and dance classes, as well as rehearsals
- Dance Studios: 4 spacious studios with full-length mirrors, Marley floors, and specially designed sound systems
- Scene Shop
- Costume Shop
- Craft Studio
- Katharine Cornell Theatre: a unique 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 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.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Theatre department website for additional information about our faculty.