Like all Theatre and Dance graduate students, Yao Kahlil Newkirk’s studies and thesis were disrupted by the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 and UB’s transition to distance education. Fortunately, Newkirk recently performed and successfully defended his thesis project over video conferencing software. It was designed as an art installation and performance art piece titled “fUNhOUSE,”<embed link to his website (not directly to “Funhouse”) here: https://www.yaokahlil.com>  to earn a Masters Degree in Theatre Performance.


When Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Danielle Rosvally conceived of a new literary-theater course to explore the boundaries of what qualifies as a theatrical space with regard to the works of William Shakespeare, she had no way of knowing quite how “unconventional” performing arts presentation would become due to Covid-19. Dr. Rosvally and her students have taken the opportunity to put the questions posed in her new Place and Space in Shakespeare class into practice in the digital medium as a result of the transition to distance learning.


Creative problem solving is a strength of nearly everyone who works in and studies the performing arts. With modest resources as the norm, through an abundance of innovation, creative artists and students find ways to get things done under challenging circumstances and on tight schedules. UB’s unavoidable mid-semester transition to distance learning has been a hurdle, but students in Theatre and Dance Costume Shop Manager Donna Massimo’s Costume Construction / TH 107 introductory course have made the most of the opportunities presented.


Today we are celebrating our incredible seniors. Thank you for your energy, your passion, your commitment and your hard work. We are so lucky to have known you, to have watched your grow, and we cannot wait to see where you will go next. 


During this period of uncertainty, dance majors in faculty professor Tom Ralabate’s DAC 442 / Choreography 2 course are making different kinds of choices. As class work continues in the digital realm students are encouraged to further trust their creative instincts, to return to the core, while retuning to their bodies.  “They’re finding interesting new ways of moving,” said Ralabate. “They were propelled to make these choices under the circumstances.”


UB alumnus Alan Zweibel, a five-time Emmy Award-winning original writer for “Saturday Night Live,” inaugurated the College of Arts and Sciences’ Visiting Professor in the Arts endowment in February 2020 with the start of a residency project at UB which included fourteen students from Theatre and Dance (THD) professor Maria Horne’s Theatre Workshop / Creative Research Lab. The multi-disciplinary project was initiated by UB Arts Collaboratory, which cultivates creative exchanges among arts disciplines.


Community Takes the Stage - In celebration of our birthday every year, we invite Buffalo’s creative community to pitch stimulating and thought-provoking “shorts” of their take on March’s global CreativeMornings theme. This year, that theme is ‘Identity’, we had our largest submission pool yet, and selected these folks to share their interpretation of the theme as it relates to creativity. Featuring three speakers, including Naila Ansari (MFA). 


Auditions for the Student-Directed Series' production of Harold Pinter's THE LOVER will be held on December 9th and callbacks on December 10th in AA 190 starting at 6 pm.


Sean Cullen has appeared in the Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton (with George Clooney) and Lincoln Center's Tony-Award-Winning South Pacific (Kelli O'Hara). Sean is currently recurring as FBI Director William Webster in season two of Mindhunter (Netflix). This year, he will co-star with Elizabeth Lail (You, Netflix), in the independent film Unintended, written/directed by Anja Murmann. Join us for a Talk Back on Jan 30, 2020 with Sean Cullen. 


This presentation considers how various choreographers are undertaking new forms of relation-building as a way to contest neo-liberal, global capitalism and the ecological crisis it has precipitated.  More or less successful, these artists are forging new understandings of corporeality as a set of interactive relations among all bodies, both animate and inanimate that, in turn, might provide new insights into how to choreograph a more sustainable, just, and equitable future.


How do you intend to share your knowledge and talent? This lecture will provide insights into the acting industry/business, self-care tips for professionals, a toolbox to create vision, and direction for personal goals. Through the presentation along with guided reflection, Actor in Action is intended to provide you with supportive skills so that you can step into action as an artist with care and intention.


Join us for a free film screening of Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America on February 5th, 7-9pm at the CFA Screening Room. 

When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Forbidden to live and love as an undocumented gay man in the country he calls home, Serrano saw only one option—to fight for justice. 


Returning to the popular seasonal event at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens for the 4th time, the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance is set to help bring “mysterious and marvelous minerals” to life as Design and Technology Students in conjunction with the UB United States Institute for Theatre Technology Student Chapter translate their theatre skills to exhibit design throughout the gardens.


Hoping to join UB Theatre and Dance next fall? Don't forget to sign up for our spring auditions! 


“I create echoes through time and space; the beauty, value and majesty of my ancestors and our stories. We are infinite. Our power, excellence, wisdom and legacy continue to grow with time and through natural order.”

With this ethos, Eniola Dawodu will share her creative research and explorations across costume, garment, and sculpture. Moved to release boundaries and reframe her practice with intention and attention to materiality rooted in the ancestral, she will speak to the narrative potency of ancestral African dress practices and the cultural significance of honoring one's personal truth.



Music Director, Nathan Matthews, Director, Keith Andrews, and students Hannah Keller and Michael Wells were interviewed this morning on WIVB, Channel 4! Guys and Dolls opens tonight! 



In the wild west show of the late 1800s, an entertainment genre dominated by feats of muscular athleticism and simulated violence, the acts of female sharpshooters operated as deviations from the show’s staple depictions of frontier masculinity, as well as appealing, if not problematic, amplifications of the mythic narrative of the U.S. American West. 



The UB Department of Theatre and Dance is offering enhanced PhD Fellowships starting in Fall 2020 in line with the University's new PhD Excellence Initiative. Highly competitive packages will be available. Minimum stipends will be $20,800 plus tuition and fee waiver, reduced teaching loads, and no teaching duties in two of the five years. Students may also be eligible for consideration for a Presidential Fellowship or the Schomburg Fellowship Program



Applications to participate in the Center for Diversity Innovation’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars program are sought from exceptionally accomplished faculty who, through their record of scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring, and service, as well as their skills, experiences, underrepresentation, and areas of scholarly and/or creative expertise, can substantially advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Buffalo.



The UB Department of Theatre and Dance’s MA student Darryl Semira Heusinger directs “Speak to Us Of…,” a devised piece inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Created by the cast of seven UB students comprised of both majors and non-majors, the show will have one public performance at UB’s Katharine Cornell Theatre on Sunday, November 3 at 7:30pm.