Theatre Research and Creative Activities

Recent Productions

Stephen McKinley Henderson has been nominated for an Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (aka, Tony Award) for his role in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's Fences (also nominated Best Play Revival) with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (2010). See the New York Times Review, which describes Henderson as "at the top of his form." Also visit for more information.

Vincent O'Neill continues his role as Artistic Director of the award-winning Irish Classical Theatre Company. The company was named "Best Theatre Company" and O'Neill was named "Best Actor" in the ArtVoice 2010 "Best of Buffalo" awards.

In Fall 2009, faculty member Robert Knopf directed the New York revival of Neil Labute's controversial play bash for EastCheap Rep at the Paradise Factory in the East Village. Reviews of the production are available here and here.

In spring 2009, Sarah Bay-Cheng premiered her original adaptation WoyUbu: Watch or Play (2009) in Buffalo. This project was a featured event at the Ingenuity Festival of Art + Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, July 2009 and was invited to the International Festival of Theatre & Dance in Gothenberg, Sweden.

In November 2008, Kazimierz Braun directed the world premiere of his play The Tales of Pola Negri at The Nowotarska Theatre, Toronto, Canada, in November 2008.

Maria Horne continues her work as Vice-President of the International University Theatre Association (AITU) and as a Master Teacher of Acting at National School of Theatre, Tallinn (2009) and Universidad Veracruzana (2009).

Recent & Notable Publications

  • Sarah Bay-Cheng, co-editor, Mapping Intermediality in Theatre & Performance (Amsterdam University Press/University of Chicago, 2010)
  • Robert Knopf, co-editor. Theater of the Avant-Garde: 1950-2000 (Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Sarah Bay-Cheng, co-editor. Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010)
  • Kazimierz Braun, Ten Days in Poland Under Communism (Norbertinum, Lublin, 2008)

Robert Knopf

Kazimierz Braun

Sarah Bay-Cheng

  • Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theater (New York: Routledge, 2005)
  • Essays in books: Key Concepts: Performance Studies (forthcoming); Vectors of the Radical (2010); Playing with Theory (2010); A Companion to T.S. Eliot (2009); Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama (2007); A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama (2004)
  • Essays in journals: Theatre Journal, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, International Journal of Art and Technology, Computers in Entertainment, Theatre Topics, Theatre Survey

Faculty from many areas of the department, including Prof. Nathan Matthews (Music Theatre), Prof. Maria Horne (Theatre Performance), Dr. Knopf, Dr. Braun, and Dr. Bay-Cheng regularly contribute to professional organizations including: the Association for Theatre in Higher Education; American Society for Theatre Research; International University Theatre Association; International Federation for Theatre Research; American Theatre & Drama Society; among others. 

Ongoing Projects

The Intermedia Performance Studio Co-founded by Sarah Bay-Cheng in 2005, The Intermedia Performance Studio (IPS) is a collaborative initiative housed at the University at Buffalo/State University of New York (UB) including researchers, scientists, and artists from the departments of Theatre & Dance, Media Study, and Computer Science and Engineering. The IPS was designed to create intermedia experiments in virtual reality, digital technology, computer science and live performance.