The research and creative activities of our students involve on and off campus experiences and hold to professional union theatre criterion. Our students prepare for professional careers through various rehearsal and production activities. Their activities include work developed at UB and many nationally recognized theatres and organizations.
As part of its ongoing research and creative activities, in addition to courses and productions, UB Music Theatre has frequent readings and workshops of new works of music theatre that are in development.
The Music Theatre faculty’s biographies reflect their individual ongoing research and creative activities.
Course credit is available for approved production and performance work in off-campus, professional music theatre productions.
The Department has longstanding relationships with several professional theatres in Buffalo. UB Theatre & Dance faculty and emeritus serve as artistic directors of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and regularly direct these theatres as well as others. Music Theatre students audition and perform at these theatres on a regular basis, as well as at the Kavinoky Theatre and MusicalFare.
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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.
Actors Equity Association, AEA or Equity, was founded in 1913. This labor union represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the USA. It is a member of the AFL-CIO, and associated with FIA, The International Federation of Actors.
The American Federation of Musicians is the world’s largest organization representing the interests of professional musicians.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) encourages, recognizes, 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.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s opportunities for young actors are divided into two programs: the Apprentice Program and the Non-Equity Company. These programs offer young talents the opportunity to train alongside seasoned professionals.
The O’Neill Theater Center received the 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theater. The company is known for its summer training opportunities.
Amas Musical Theatre is a New York City company devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s stated mission is to provide a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of America’s greatest art form. They discover, nurture, and promote promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspire a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.
The New York International Fringe Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in North America with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.
The Broadway Theatre Project is a prestigious summer intensive with eminent professional musical theatre artists and performers.
Artpark, located in Lewiston, NY, produces summer regional theatre, which combines union professionals with university students.
StrawHat is an organization that supports the careers of non-equity actors and technical artists looking to start and continue their professional careers in the theatre. Its main activity is to produce the StrawHat Auditions, which are held in New York every spring. Over three days, over 750 actors and “techies” and staff from over forty theatres attend. Actors audition for available positions in the theaters’ summer seasons while technical people post their resumes and portfolios online and arrange phone or onsite interviews.
The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. is a non-profit corporation composed of individuals and organizations in the six-State region of New England who are active or interested in the performing arts. It recognizes the unique identity of each organization subscribing to it and acknowledges its reliance on the individuals, artists, scholars, teachers, students and practitioners who comprise its membership.
The Southeastern Theatre Conference is the largest and most active regional theatre organization in the country.