Graduate Study in Theatre & Performance



What is Theatre & Performance?

UB's graduate programs in Theatre & Performance feature a unique integration of scholarship and practice. We believe that if you know a thing theoretically but don't know it practically, then you don't really know its whole theory; conversely, if you know a thing practically but don't know it theoretically, then you don't really know its whole practice.

With this philosophy in mind, our programs are designed to foster scholar-artists who are well-versed in research, scholarship, and performance practice. Theatre & Performance in this context includes not only drama, musical theatre, and dance, but also new forms such as intermedia performance.

Working closely with faculty in a small cohort, graduate students develop their individual research by combining history, criticism, and theory with lab-based projects that explore the implications of scholarship in performance. The intentionally small size allows for direct mentorship in research, writing, and production within a program of study designed to best serve each individual student.

Unique to this program is the Graduate Studio as the artistic and experimental through-line of the program. In the Studio students continually integrate their critical studies with production in a laboratory setting. With some minimal support, the Studio enables students to test their ideas in focused projects. In this structure, students graduate with a depth of knowledge in history, theory, and criticism, as well as a body of original creative work that they can use as a foundation for their production specialty.

Review of PhD applications for fall 2015 will begin on December 1, 2014.

Review of MA applications for fall 2015 will begin on January 1, 2015.

Applications received after the posted deadlines may be considered but we cannot guarantee review.

Non-degree applications are considered as rolling admissions throughout the academic year. Please contact us for more information on this option.

All applicants are eligible to receive a Steig Olson Scholarship through the department. No other information or application is required.

Exceptional PhD applicants may be eligible for additional fellowships and scholarships through the University and the College of Arts and Sciences. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for competitive fellowships. We would be happy to advise you on this process.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications by the deadline will be notified of their status no later than April 1 and we ask that enrollment for the fall be confirmed by April 15.

If you would like additional information regarding the program, please contact Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Director of Graduate Studies:; +1 716 645 0587.