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COVID-19 Information - Remaining 2019-2020 Season Cancelled

The University at Buffalo is monitoring the COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the UB community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Details.

The UB Center for the Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance are engaged in these conversations to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, students and staff.

In light of the transition to remote learning for all SUNY and CUNY campuses and restrictions on public gatherings in New York State, all remaining Theatre and Dance productions scheduled through May 11, 2020 have been cancelled.

Patrons who purchased tickets from CFA to this event will receive information regarding refunds within the next several days.

Patrons should visit CFA’s website for the latest updates on the status of other spring events. The box office can be reached at 716-645-2787 or

For the latest information about UB’s preparedness and response please visit

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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.


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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:>  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. 

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