Recent Guest Artists: Theatre

UB Coast to Coast, June 2009: Forty-two University at Buffalo students and recent graduates attended workshops in acting, writing, directing, vocal performance, stand-up comedy, magazine journalism, independent film production and marketing, as well as on new trends in media coverage of the entertainment industry. The workshops were taught by nine prominent UB alumni: Bobby Collins, winner of the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand Up; Rosalind Jarrett, executive in charge of publicity for the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; Ted Kryczko, vice president of A&R Catalog at Walt Disney Records; Christine La Monte, film and television producer and former marketing executive at Disney, Universal and Orion Pictures; Robert Lamoreaux, animation writer for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network; Rob Lieberman, award-winning director/producer; Linda Phillips-Palo, award-winning casting director; Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated actor/diretor Peter Riegert, Alan Steinberg, renowned author and journalist; and Alan Zweibel, multiple Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/director.

Jessica Blank, author/playwright of The Exonerated, was in residence for several days of the run of our production. She met with the cast and crew, had talkbacks with audiences, and was featured in a symposium on the death penalty the department co-produced with UB's Baldy Center for Social Justice.

Richard Foreman, director of the Ontological Hysteric Theatre, directed several of our BFA and BA actors during a two-week film shoot in downtown Buffalo for The Bridge Project.

Daniel Stein, corporeal mime and movement artist, was in residence for a week of movement and acting classes during 2005.

Guest directors for UB Theatre & Dance productions: Dan Pelzig, Kent Paul, Erica Gould, Marcia Milgrom Dodge (director-choreographer of the 2009 Broadway production of Ragtime), and Gary John LaRosa (director of national tour of Footloose)

Guest scholars for the department's symposium on playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, held in conjunction UB's contribution to the national theatre festival 365 Plays/365 Days:

  • Professor Rena Fraden, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Professor Shawn-Marie Garrett, Barnard College, NY