Leadership and Administration

Whatever your passion, the Department of Theatre and Dance is here to help you achieve your professional and artistic goals. 

Composed of active theatre professionals and internationally recognized scholars, UB’s Theatre and Dance Faculty is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre and dance artists, teachers, and supporters. Learn from faculty who appear on stage and screen, and network with our alumni who are studying in top national training programs, traveling on prestigious fellowships, and working in major venues throughout the world. Whether you want to act, dance, direct, design, choreograph, sing, or research and teach, UB can help you reach your full potential, both on campus and beyond. 

Administrative Staff

Anne Burnidge.
Department Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Modern and Laban Movement Analysis

Veronica Sedota.
Veronica Sedota

285A Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-1803

valaskay@buffalo.edu

Assistant to the Chair
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Cindy Guido.
Cindy Guido

285 Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6891

cvguido@buffalo.edu

Administrative Assistant
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

285 Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6891

cvguido@buffalo.edu

Michael Formato.

B94 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0611

formato@buffalo.edu

Production Manager
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Cindy Darling.
Rob Falgiano

280A Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6921

rjf3@buffalo.edu

Production Assistant
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

280A Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6921

rjf3@buffalo.edu

Katie Mallinson.
Katie Mallinson

281 Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6318

kamallin@buffalo.edu

Academic Manager
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Olszewski.
Rachel Macklin Olszewski

280A Alumni Arena

Phone: (716) 645-6076

rachelol@buffalo.edu

Graduate Programs Assistant
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Area Directors

Lindsay Brandon Hunter.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director of Theatre BA
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Performance Studies; Acting; Digital Media

Melanie Aceto.
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Modern and Choreography

Dyan Burlingame.
Director of Design and Technology
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Design and Technology

Nathan R. Matthews.
Director of Music Theatre
Associate Professor
Music Director
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Music Theatre

Vincent M. O’Neill.
Director of Theatre Performance
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Acting and Mime

Graduate Area Directors

Eero Laine.
Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Theatre
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Theatre Studies

Ariel Nereson.
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Dance
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Topics: Dance Studies