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Performance Opportunities

Each season, the Department of Theatre and Dance mounts eight fully realized productions of music theatre, drama and dance in our state-of-the-art facilities. The department’s season typically includes:

The department produces two fully realized music theatre productions each season, one in the Drama Theatre and one in the Black Box. Each year a New York City professional director directs one of the two fully staged music theatre productions. Past guest directors include: Marcia Milgram Dodge, Erica Gould, Gary John LaRosa, Kent Paul, and Dan Pelzig.

The department produces two fully-realized theatre productions each season, one in the Drama Theatre and one in the Black Box.

The department produces two Poor Theatre drama productions each season in the Katharine Cornell Theatre, directed by faculty and guest directors.

Theatre students audition and are regularly cast in all of the music theatre and drama productions; some have been cast in dance concerts as well. We also produce readings and workshops of new works of music theatre in development.

Auditions for the fall semester musical and dramas take place at the beginning of the semester. Auditions for the spring semester take place at the end of fall semester.


An Appointment

Date:  TBA  –  Current BFA Theatre and Musical Theatre student appointments only

Date:  TBA  –  First semester and current BA students – appointment sheet will be

posted on the production board across from the Student Lounge in CFA

A copy of your Academic Advisement Report (AAR- for continuing students)

An audition song with sheet music – 16 bars for non-musical theatre; 32 bars for music theatre BFAs – the choice should be something from pre-1960 legitimate musical theatre or operetta – NO MODERN MUSICALS – NO POP  or ROCK

A contemporary monologue, preferably one written between 1890 and 1960.

A recent photo (headshots preferred, but not necessary) is highly recommended.

Any Questions, contact Mike Formato at


Student-Directed Productions

Dancers’ Workshop is a student organization that offers non-credit performing opportunities for the university community. Various levels of ability are welcome.

This association is managed entirely by students. It focuses on unifying the Department’s students and improving communication between students and faculty. It also strives to assist students in developing their craft through student-directed productions, workshops, and staged readings.

From the Wings is a student organization offering non-credit performance opportunities primarily, but not exclusively, to theatre majors. The group produces variety revues of songs, scenes, comic sketches, and dance every year. Music Theatre faculty members advise and mentor student directors.

Other Opportunities

Stage performance opportunities for Music Theatre students also include Opera Workshop, and University Chorus and University Choir. There are also performance opportunities in the Western New York professional theatre community, including at Musicalfare Theatre Company and the Irish Classical Theatre Company.  For more information about Theatre performance opportunities in Buffalo, watch “BUFFALO: All The City’s A Stage” …With commentary from UB Theatre & Dance faculty and alumni.