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.
We are excited to announce that associate professor of theater, Jennifer Toohey, will be hosting a series of guest artists as we celebrate Women's History Month every Monday in March.
All students and faculty are welcome to attend using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8406617681?pwd=YStQSXJtUlNyL0tNOWN0cUJ5dnpWZz09. (Password: theater)
This special event series is sponsored in part by the Grant Allocation Committee. All offerings are FREE!
March 1, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Acting with Gizel Jiménez, Actor/Singer/Dancer: Wicked on Broadway, Miss You Like Hell at the Public (Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical) and upcoming film version of Tick, Tick . . . Boom! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
March 8, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Acting with Heather Velazquez, Actor - Theater: Celia and Fidel (Arena Stage), Pipeline (Lincoln Center), American Mariachi (Denver Center and The Old Globe); TV: Blue Bloods (CBS) and Live from Lincoln Center (PBS).
March 15, 2021, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
March 22, 2021, 1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Directing with Kimberley Rampersad, Associate Artistic Director of world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Acting credits include: The Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival of Canada. Two-time Dora Award winning choreographer, Sterling and Merritt Award winner for Outstanding Direction of a musical, and winner of the 2017 Gina Wilkinson Prize for an emerging female director (Ontario Arts Foundation).
March 29, 2021, 3 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Directing with Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Director, writer, co-founder of Maia Directors, and the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Engagement at Geva Theatre Center. She has a passion for new work that centers and uplifts the stories of global majority communities and has developed and directed work extensively regionally and in New York City.
March 29, 2021, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Panel Discussion with above guest artists, "Women of Color: Leaders in Theater"
March 1, 11 a.m. Acting workshop with Gizel Jiminez, see Featured Item for additional information
March 4, 12:20 p.m. Theater Department meeting, for all students, faculty and staff, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81229873580?pwd=Q1FKbXNQK21PRGxIQWxvVFlNSHd3Zz09
March 8, 11 a.m. Acting workshop with Heather Velazquez, see Featured Item for additional information
March 12, 10 p.m. Friday Night Live! Improv, www.twitch.tv/FridayNightLiveTV
March 22, 1 p.m. Directing workshop with Kimberley Rampersad, see Featured Item for additional information
March 26, 10 p.m. Friday Night Live! Improv, www.twitch.tv/FridayNightLiveTV
March 29, 3 p.m. Directing workshop with Pirrone Yousefzadeh, see Featured Item for additional information
April 9, 10 p.m. Friday Night Live! Improv, www.twitch.tv/FridayNightLiveTV
April 12, 7 p.m. For Your Consideration: TBD, directed by Jonathan Seinen
April 16, 7 p.m. Protest, Hope & Resilince through Black Arts, developed by Michael Mwenso
April 30, 10 p.m. Friday Night Live! Improv, www.twitch.tv/FridayNightLiveTV
May 3, 6 p.m. Senior Showcase
May 4, 12:15 p.m. Senior Showcase
May 7, 7 p.m. THA 389 Class Performance, Title TBD
May 8, 2 p.m. THA 389 Class Performance, Title TBD
by Ansley Valentine
December 3, 4, 5, 2020
As civil unrest sweeps across the country, an industrious businesswoman and her children are trying to make a buck. Mother C, an unscrupulous survivor of epic proportions, strikes out to make a good living in bad times. But when is the price of sacrificing one’s humanity too high? Based on Bertolt Brecht’s 20th century theatrical classic Mother Courage and Her Children, Ansley Valentine’s Mother C re-imagines a morality tale for our times.
Directed by Jonathan Seinen
Assistant professor, Jonathan Seinen, was recently awarded the John Hirsch Prize for directing. The John Hirsch Prize recognizes new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.
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