The Music Theatre program encompasses the ever-widening spectrum of theatre arts that ranges from performance art to opera and includes Broadway musicals, cabaret, and dance works. The BFA in Music Theatre at University at Buffalo embraces all of these forms, including the research and creation of new works of music theatre and the re-envisioning the classics for the twenty-first century.
The BFA in Music Theatre aims to train complete music theatre artists. Our goal is to prepare our students to succeed as multi-faceted professionals in an increasingly competitive and challenging field. To provide a comprehensive course of study, our tripartite curriculum includes classes in acting, music, and dance. The required courses also include technical theatre and design, and students have the opportunity to study choreography and stage direction.
Performance opportunities at UB range from inventive productions of traditional Broadway shows to readings and workshops of new works of music theatre in development. The Department of Theatre and Dance also mounts fully realized productions of plays and dance concerts in our state-of-the-art facilities. The department's season typically includes two musicals, three dramas, and four dance concerts, supplemented by student-directed works.
One result of the comprehensive training available at UB is that current students find work during the summer and academic year with local professional companies such as the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Artpark, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Kavinoky Theatre, and MusicalFare, and at regional theatres such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts and the Riverside Opera Ensemble in New York City. Departmental alumni work on and off Broadway, on national tours, with regional theatres, and in Las Vegas.
The Department's faculty members maintain national and international profiles as directors, actors, choreographers, musical directors, and scholars. The faculty accomplishes this while mentoring the department's students in their course work and departmental productions, providing an important link between the worlds of academic and professional theatre and dance.