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 applications for the PhD program fall 2014 is now closed.

MA applications are still being reviewed for fall 2014, but space is limited.

Please contact us if you intend to apply for the fall 2014 semester. Click here to apply.

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 funding through the University and the College of Arts and Sciences. To be considered for these fellowships and scholarships, PhD applicants should apply by the December 1 deadline.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications by the deadline will be notified of their status no later than April 1.

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