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Strengthened by our unique urban setting and diverse cultural community, Buffalo State Theater provides intensive individual artistic training supported by a robust liberal arts education. 


Through the vehicles of engagement, excellence and social responsibility we strive to develop the next generation of globally impactful artists and citizens.


Our Strategic Plan 2020-2023

Theater Department History



2021-22 Productions

Heathers The Musical

  • Book, Music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy
  • Directed by Jennifer Toohey
  • Musical direction by Lucas Colon ('19)
  • Choregraphed by Robin Barker

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid, J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass...but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 at 8 p.m.                October 30 at 2 p.m.

Warren Enters Theatre, Upton Hall

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  • Play by William Shakespeare
  • Directed by Jonathan Seinen

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, driven by ambition, begin a reign of terror and are haunted by witches, ghosts and their own regret. A bloody tale from the mists of time brought forward to today, Macbeth shows that when the human removes itself from nature, the supernatural rises up to repair the balance.

March 12, 11, 12, 17, 18 at 8 p.m.              March 19 at 2 p.m.

Warren Enters Theatre, Upton Hall


For Your Consideration Series

The 2022-23 seaslon selection process is underway. Come join us as we present staged readings for many of the works currently under consideration. Each night will focus on an individual play selected from our student surveys or submitted by faculty and local directors.

  • September 20, 2021 - Speed of Light by Bella Poynton, directed by Bella Poynton
  • November 15, 2021 - Sweat by Lynn Nottage, directed by Sarah Norat-Phillips
  • December 6, 2021 - Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey, directed by Irish Classical Theatre Company; Artistic director Kate LoConti Alcocer; Special guest artist Josephine Hogan
  • February 28, 2022 - Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Lorenzo Shawn Parnell
  • April 11, 2022 - Medea: Freely adapted from the Medea of Euripides by Robinson Jeffers, directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson
  • May 9, 2022 - People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Katie Mallinson and Kavinoky Theatre; Artistic director Lorraine O'Donnell

All events will begin at 7 p.m. in the Flexible Theatre, Donald Savage Building. 







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