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Special Events


Check out these special events, workshops, and offerings from the UB Department of Theatre & Dance:


and UB Theatre Performance present


From Brooklyn to Buffalo to Broadway and Beyond
Lecture free and open to the public (1:30 hrs.)
Wednesday February 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
UB Center for the Arts, Rehearsal Workshop B-83, North Campus

This program answers the questions:
How did a young theatre artist forge a path in the profession?
How did that journey evolve into a second career in academia?
How did the marriage of the two lead to unforeseen possibilities and discoveries?
How did his UB mentor play a significant role?

Join Steven Adler as he explores his highly idiosyncratic career on both coasts and answers a few questions along the way about the making of Broadway musicals.

Steven Adler is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He received his BA in Theatre from UB and his MFA in Directing from Penn State. He served as stage manager for dozens of productions, including several world premieres, on and off-Broadway, on national tour, and in regional theatre, and spent two summers helping to run a training program in the Suzuki method of acting in Toga, Japan. He is the author of the books Rough Magic: Making Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company and On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way and chapters about producing musicals for anthologies by Oxford University Press and Routledge Press. For the last twelve years, he was provost of Earl Warren College, one of the university’s six undergraduate colleges.



Join us for a Post Show Talkback

Friday, March 1
Immediately following that evening’s performance of Julius Caesar.

Professor Barbara Bono, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo English Department and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Professor Jim Campbell, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Director Danielle Rosvally, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance
Rachel Starry, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Science Data Curation
Student Dramaturges
Shaun Nowicki (University at Buffalo Senior),
Mikaela Schulz (University at Buffalo Junior),
and Ryan Stevers (University at Buffalo Sophomore)
Moderator Meredith Conti, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance

After a brief exploration of issues pertaining to the show, the floor will be opened for questions for the audience. A separate ticket is not required for this event, simply plan to stay in the theatre following the show. We look forward to seeing you!



Lumaginatation 2019 at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens

For a third year in a row, the Department of Theatre and Dance Design and Technology Area has contributed to Lumagination 2019, a light and sound show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. This year, UB Design/Tech has provided the designs for House 4 – Cacti and Succulents. The Theme is “Magic in the Air” and House 4 designs are inspired by wind. The research in site specific design was coordinated by Professor of Scenography Lynne Koscielniak and features student-designed illuminated objects including a wind gust light box, an automated pinwheel, a winged-dragon, a cactus catching windblown pages, and an expansive sound wave inspired by Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight.”

Lumagination 2019 opens on January 25, 2019, House 4 designs will be ongoing throughout all Lumagination events. Visit the website for all dates and times. Student participants include Hannah S. Wolland, Steven Zehler, Hannah Mackey, Matvey Kitchen, Jake Nowak, Nicholas Taboni. Faculty participants include Prof. Lynne Koscielniak, Eric Burlingame, Rick Haug, Cindy Darling, and Donna Massimo. Special thanks to TH303 Scene Design I Fall 2018.

The Department’s Zodiaque Dance Company, under the direction of choreographer/MFA Dance cohort member Mary Schnepf, will perform throughout the gardens on Feb. 20, 2019 during the CAS Alumni Night.

Details can be found at:



Helen Simoneau Residency

MASTER DANCE CLASS – Intermediate Advanced Level (ages 18+)
Friday, March 15 from 10-11:20am
Center for the Arts, Dance Studio B84
RSVP by March 8th to:

Friday, March 15 at 1pm
Center for the Arts, Dance Studio B84

Thursday, March 21st at 3pm
Center for the Arts, Dance Studio B84