The Music Theatre program at UB encompasses the ever-widening spectrum of theatre arts, ranging from performance art to opera, and including Broadway musicals, cabaret, and dance works. Our Music Theatre program embraces all of these forms including the research and creation of new works of music theatre and the re-envisioning the classics for the twenty-first century.
We aim to train complete music theatre artists. Our goal is to prepare our students to succeed as multi-faceted professionals in an increasingly competitive and challenging field. To provide a comprehensive course of study, our tripartite curriculum includes classes in acting, music, and dance. The required courses also include technical theatre and design, and students have the opportunity to study choreography and stage direction.
Experiential Learning Opportunities. Performance opportunities at UB range from inventive productions of traditional Broadway shows to readings and workshops of new works of music theatre in development. The Department of Theatre and Dance also mounts fully realized productions of plays and dance concerts in our state-of-the-art facilities. The department’s season typically includes two musicals, two dramas, and four dance concerts, supplemented by student-directed works.
Faculty. The Department’s faculty members maintain national and international profiles as directors, actors, choreographers, musical directors, and scholars. The faculty accomplishes this while mentoring the department’s students in their course work and departmental productions, providing an important link between the worlds of academic and professional theatre and dance.
Guest Artists. Each year, an exciting roster of guest artists from the professional world of theatre, music theatre, and dance work with students through productions, workshops, and master classes. One main stage musical a year is led by a guest director/choreographer (member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Union)
Professionalization. Current students find work during the summer and academic year with local professional companies such as the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Kavinoky Theatre, and MusicalFare, and at regional theatres across the country through internships and performance experiences.
UB’s Music Theatre BFA requires an audition for admission. All students must successfully audition through the Department of Theatre and Dance in order to register for Music Theatre courses. Interested students are encouraged to audition prior to matriculation at UB; current students and transfer students who wish to audition should contact the department to discuss time to degree completion.