Undergraduate Overview

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The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo engages emerging artists, scholars, and audiences dedicated to sustaining and innovating the performing arts across disciplines. Our diverse programs integrate rigorous training, critical understanding, and impassioned creation supported by close faculty mentorship and developed in collaboration with internationally recognized guest artists. 

Learning within conservatory style courses and grounded in the liberal arts, students acquire the essential skills for effective communication, collaborative problem-solving, and critical perspective in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. The Department’s production season of fully produced plays, musicals, dance concerts, and experimental performance work is integral to the training of new artists, and provides an essential cultural resource for the larger campus community. Our training prepares students for professional careers in the performing arts, while fostering thoughtful individuals prepared to engage in the global discussions of the 21st century.

UB Theatre and Dance has many opportunities for students who are not pursuing a major within our department to take classes and be involved. Please see our Events page for ways to engage with Theatre and Dance. 

Undergraduate Degree Programs

8/29/19
UB’s Theatre BA program includes study in a broad range of theatrical disciplines covering the artistic, literary, historical, and technical aspects of theatre and performance, while encouraging students to design their curriculum around a specific focus in production or scholarship. The flexibility of the degree allows for an open exploration and adaptability based on a students’ unique area of interest. 
9/3/19
The UB DANCE PROGRAM is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters. We value education fueled by stimulating professional performing and teaching experiences that support students in a variety of career paths in the professional world of dance and beyond. Our BA Dance program includes training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, movement analysis, history, criticism and research. 
9/3/19
The UB DANCE PROGRAM is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters. We value education fueled by stimulating professional performing and teaching experiences that support students in a variety of career paths in the professional world of dance and beyond. Our BFA Dance program includes comprehensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, movement analysis, history, criticism and research.  
11/11/19
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.
8/29/19
UB’s BFA in Theatre, concentration in Design and Technology degree is for students interested in developing specific skills and who are willing to commit to structured, intensive, studio-based training. The cornerstone of UB’s Design and Technology program is practical application alongside supportive lecture. We provide students with challenging opportunities to learn in the classroom, and to apply that learning through hands-on experiences. In the classroom, you learn to recognize your inspiration, develop your ideas, and communicate your vision; in the Center for the Arts, you work with professionals to execute those ideas in production.
8/30/19
UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance offers a BFA in Theatre with a Performance Concentration for students interested in focused, comprehensive training in acting, voice, movement, and performance studies. Our Performance Concentration integrates technique training with interdisciplinary study to transform students into flexible, engaged, and proficient theatre artists prepared for a global performance landscape.
9/4/19
The Minor in Theatre at UB offers study in a broad range of theatrical disciplines covering the artistic, literary, historical, and technical aspects of theatre and performance. Minors take a core curriculum in the fundamentals of theatre, and then choose from a wide variety of courses in their specific areas of interest, including acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage management, theatre studies, or design and technology. We do not have a Dance minor. 

*Please note, we do not have a Dance Minor.

Auditions or Interviews are required for the Dance BA, the Dance BFA, the Music Theatre BFA, and the Theatre BFA. Please visit our Audition page for more information on how to register. 

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For More Information Contact:

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