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Outside Opportunities

The research and creative activities of our students include opportunities both on and off campus.

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 direct regularly throughout the the city and beyond. Acting students audition and perform at these theatres on a regular basis, as well as at the Torn Space Theater, Kavinoky Theatre and MusicalFare. If you’re curious about theatre in Buffalo, see this recent video highlighting the professional theatre activity: All the City’s a Stage.

BA Theatre majors regularly work as assistant directors and production dramaturges for theatres in Buffalo and the department has connections with the internationally-recognized Shaw Festival in the area of dramaturgy. We look forward to expanding opportunities for our students throughout the Western New York and Southern Ontario region. Students interested in these opportunities work with a faculty advisor, who oversees the internship and can mentor throughout the process.

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UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA – Ranked among the nation’s leading research universities, UB is committed to nurturing and supporting research and creative work across all academic disciplines. Through 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 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 ( offer opportunities for young actors through 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. Theatre & Dance faculty have close associations with the O’Neill.

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.

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 Mid-America Theatre Conference ( is dedicated to the growth and improvement of all forms of theatre throughout a twelve-state region that includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Persons outside this twelve-state region may still become members and officers and attend the conference. Every year the conference offers opportunities for students to participate in the conference through original play readings, dramaturgical workshops, and presentations on theatre history.

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.