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Outside Opportunities

The design & technology faculty and staff believe in the development of original work through the integration of time honored as well as cutting-edge scenographic practices and technologies. The work of our students adheres to the standards expected in the professional design and technology unions in which we belong. We encourage public presentation of the design process and product and exercise the student’s ability to articulate their ideas through conference activities. Our students are ready to be industry leaders as they investigate technical and creative production problems at national and international forums. The University at Buffalo Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) has generously sponsored design and technology projects. This has allowed for advanced work in 3D computer modeling, trials in lighting simulations, investigations in green theatre practices, and for the documentation and presentation of innovative work.

image4Design & Technology students regularly work alongside their faculty on professional assignments in and outside of Buffalo. In addition, there are over 2 dozen small theatres in Buffalo, plus those in Toronto and other nearby US cities where students can pursue individualized opportunities. Normally, these will occur in a student’s senior year when they have completed required coursework. Often such opportunities lead to subsequent employment. In addition, paid technical assistant positions are available with the Center for the Arts Production Department. To apply, please call (716) 645-6926.

Recently students and former students have interned with Berkley Repertory Theatre, CA; Santa Fe Opera, NM; Glimmerglass Festival and Hangar Theatre, NY; New York Stage and Film, and even MSNBC, New York City.

Associated web resources:
(td)squared is a website project designed and published by the Technology & Design students in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Theatre and Dance. (td)squared serves as a repository of information, hosting image galleries of student projects, blogs about our trips, unique research, and other information relevant to UB Tech/Design students.
Ranked among the nation’s leading research universities, UB is committed to nurturing and supporting research and creative work across all academic disciplines. Through the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA), UB undergraduates can be a part of this exciting world of discovery.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, formed more than a century ago, is the largest labor union in the entertainment and related industries.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) encourages, recognizes,Tech Olympics and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs. Through regional festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process; see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, stimulates the exchange of ideas and innovations to promote international collaboration in professions that support live performance; promoting the formation of centers in each country in order to achieve this aim.
The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the largest event of its kind in the world – presenting contemporary work in a variety of performance design disciplines and genres – costume, stage, light, sound design, and theatre architecture for dance, opera, drama, site specific, multi-media performances, and performance art, etc. Every four years, since it’s establishing in 1967, the Prague Quadrennial has presented work from more than 70 countries, from five continents, in individual countries’ expositions in three competitive sections – the section of countries and regions, section of theatre architecture and student section.
Details the programming related to the USA Prague Quadrennial student exhibit.
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople, many who are world famous, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are Artists and Designers working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership totals over 3,300.
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) provides an environment for design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry professionals to connect, create, share, and communicate their craft.
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Upstate New York Regional Section is your professional regional resource for information, recognition, support, and opportunities in the design and technology field.