Lumagination, 2020.

Published December 30, 2019


UBTHD Events and News

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. 

Designs offered by the department include the colorful Rainbow Cavern Crystals welcoming visitors into house four, designed by Steven Zehler (Senior, Theatre B.A.). The 12-foot tall Geode sculpture inviting guests into the picturesque environment of house eleven designed by Nicholas Taboni (Junior, Theatre B.A.). A scaled-up experiment of fiber optics takes over the front of house five exploring the abstract nature of the crystal with Crystal Rods designed by Timothy “TJ” Wildow (Sophomore, Theatre B.F.A.). An organic, jagged exploration of the dark side of the crystal will be on display in the center of house four with Miner’s Luck designed by Jake Nowak (Senior, Theatre B.A.). Cairns will take over portions of house three exploring the delicate balance of minerals and water alongside the Koi Ponds within the gardens – Designed by Lynne Koscielniak (Professor of Theatre, Scenography) and Hannah S. Wolland (Senior, Theatre B.F.A.). Sculptures will be on display from January 24th – February 29th, 2020.

Lumagination, 2020.

In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Night on February 13th, 2020 will include a choreographed piece by Kate Mackey (Dance M.F.A.) featuring Zodiaque Dance Company members as well as a selection of works by UB Musical Theatre students led by Nathan R. Matthews and Allison D’Amato.

UB Students on this year’s design team include Hannah S. Wolland and Nick Taboni, Research Assistants, Luke Tarnow-Bulatowicz, Technical Support, Steven Zehelr, Build Coordinator and Graphic Design, Timothy “TJ” Wildow, Load-In Project Management, Francisca Losada Hernandez, Scenic Artist. All students above assisted in fabrication. Additional build team members include Sam Dellacqua, Katie Johnson, Hannah Mackey, Alex Sansolo, Becca Stock and Tim Swenson. These students have been supported by Research Coordinator Professor Koscielniak, Scene Shop Manager Rick Haug, as well as Assistant Costume Shop Manager Cindy Darling.

Lumagination, 2020.

Lumagination is produced by Luminated Landscapes of East Aurora, New York.  

Lumagination runs January 24th, 2020 – February 29th, 2020.

For more information visit:

January 24 - Launch Party - Tickets sold separately
January 25-26, January 29-February 1
February 5-9, 12-22, 26-29

6-9pm / 6-10pm Friday and Saturday
Doors open at 5:30pm. Please note that Lumagination is best experienced after the sun sets.

Tickets - General Admission / Garden Member Pricing
Adults $15.50 / $13.50
Seniors (62+) $14 / $12
Students (with ID) $14 / $12
Kids (3-12) $7 / $7
Kids 2 and under are free

* Tickets available online and at the door
* Guest passes, coupons and Arts Access passes are not valid at Lumagination
* Tripods are not permitted
* The Botanical Gardens will close at 4:30pm and re-open for Lumagination
* Please email or call 716.827.1584 ext. 211 with questions.