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Each year, the staff of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center selects performances to augment and complement the offerings of the Department of Music and Theatre. Often, these professional companies are on campus for several days sharing their artistic work and vision. We are proud of the multi-disciplinary artists who will be with us this season and graciously thank the University at Albany Foundation for the support of the entire series as well as all of the partners who are helping to make their presence here a possibility.

Ghosts of War, photo courtesy of Griffin Theatre Company Ghosts of War
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm
Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company adapts Capital Region native and UAlbany alum Ryan Smithson’s book for the stage.  Inspired by the patriotism following 9/11, the author’s experience of enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, undergoing the disciplinary harshness of basic training and living through the fire of combat are explored in this unflinchingly honest portrayal of the war in Iraq. more info
Author Ryan Smithson
Artist website  

Please note: The author will participate in a post-show discussion & also speak about his life and work on Thursday, October 26 at 4:15pm.

Please also note: A 20% discount is offered to veterans for this show.

The appearance by Ryan Smithson and the performances of “Ghosts of War” are presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute and the Department of English with support from the Alumni Association, University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services and Hampton Inn.


Sara Juli, photo by Kristopher Alan Thompson
Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Monday & Tuesday, February 5 & 6 at 7:30pm
Sara Juli’s movement theatre work about motherhood --its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience -- uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to focus on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of it such as loss of bladder control, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center and made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support also provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Hampton Inn. The performance is presented as part of the 35th anniversary of Sexuality Month with support from Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, Counseling and Psychological Services.



book cover of If Beale Street Could TalkIf Beale Street Could Talk

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this Literature to Life offering is a verbatim adaptation of James Baldwin’s powerful novel of the same name, one which remains disturbingly poignant even sixty years after it was first published. A story of abiding love in the face of injustice, this one-person show honors Baldwin’s eloquent voice which spoke of the struggle of African-Americans and the saving power of brotherhood.

Artist website

James Baldwin

  Please note:
This performance is part of a
project focusing on James
Baldwin's life and work which
will also include film screenings,
lectures and discussions. Details will be posted here when available.


The performance above and the series focusing on James Baldwin is presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute with support provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Hampton Inn.


Admission for each of the shows above
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Ghosts of War courtesy of Griffin Theatre Company
Sara Juli by Kristopher Alan Thompson

Nobuntu, photo by Tswarelo Mothobe
Nobuntu

Sunday, October 29 at 7:30pm

Named for the African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family, this all-female a capella quintet from Zimbabwe performs their native, traditional music with pure voices augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and organic, authentic dance movements. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. Catch them on their very first U.S. tour! more info

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center with support from the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Hampton Inn.


The Big Galut(e), photo by Sandy Shertzer The Big Galut(e)

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm

The quintet of Robin Seletsky, Sasha Margolis, Michael Leopold, Mark Rubinstein and Richard Sosinsky sprang from summer stints at the renowned Glimmerglass Opera Festival. Aiming to make its audience laugh, cry, and never ever get bored, this Klezmer band scales the heights and plumbs the depths of a unique repertoire spanning five continents and six centuries of Jewish music.

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Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with Hartwick College. Support provided bythe University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Hampton Inn.


Admission for each of the shows above
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
Nobuntu by Tswarelo Mothobe
The Big Galut(e) by Sandy Shertzer

10 Hairy Legs, photo by Rachel NevilleDance in Albany

For the third season, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center is collaborating with The Egg on a joint dance series. This year, there are ten performances in two locations that can be purchased at a 15-35% discount. Get all the details here.


Photo this page:
10 Hairy Legs by Rachel Neville

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Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this new series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. "Roundtable" host Joe Donahue conducts live on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Lois Lowry, photo by Rania Matar
Lois Lowry


Friday, November 10 at 7pm
Page Hall
Downtown UAlbany campus

Author of The Giver and Number the Stars
Newbery Medal winner
Leading voice of children’s literature

Artist website


Garth Fagan, photo courtesy of Garth Fagan Dance
Garth Fagan


Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Uptown UAlbany campus

Lion King
choreographer
Tony Award winner
Dance company founder

Artist website


Patti  LuPone, photo by Axel Dupeux

Patti LuPone

Thursday, April 26 at 7pm
Page Hall
Downtown UAlbany campus

Actress, singer, Broadway star 
Grammy & Tony Award winner
New York Times best-selling author

Artist website


THE CREATIVE LIFE ARCHIVES
(click on the name to hear the interview)
Joe Donahue and Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Suzanne Lance
Joyce Carol Oates
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Novelist, poet and essayist
Pulitzer Prize finalist
New York Times best-selling author


Savion Glover, photo by Suzanne Lance
Savion Glover
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Dancer, choreographer and hoofer
Tony Award nominee and winner
Broadway, television and film star



Joe Donahue and Regina Carter, photo by Bryan Robinson
Regina Carter
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Violin virtuoso
Jazz artist and improviser
MacArthur Fellow



Joe Donahue and David Salle, photo by  Suzanne Lance
David Salle
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Renowned painter
Film and stage designer
Author on fine ar
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Series funded by the University at Albany Foundation with additional support from the Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and University Auxiliary Services.

Photos this page:
Lowis Lowry by Rania Matar
Garth Fagan courtesy of Garth Fagan Dance
Patti LuPone by Axel Dupeux

Joe Donahue and Joyce Carol Oates by Suzanne Lance
Savion Glover by Suzanne Lance
Regina Carter and Joe Donahue by Bryan Robinson
David Salle and Joe Donahue by Suzanne Lance