University at Albany

Jarka and Grayce Burian Theatre Reference Library

Dedication and Opening Ceremony October 20, 2007

Theatre students, alumni, staff, friends and family from as far away as Connecticut and Washingtonville, NY joined together on October 20th to honor the life-long dedication and commitment of Professors Jarka and Grayce Burian. Grayce (seated) was on hand to help dedicate the Jarka and Grayce Burian Theatre Reference Library in memory of her husband. The student’s resource library was made possible through the generous donation of books, papers and drawings from their nearly five decades of work within the University at Albany Theatre Department, the Schenectady County Community College Theatre Department and throughout the Capital District theatre scene. Interim Dean Edelgard Wulfert and theatre department Chair J. Kevin Doolen spoke to the prestigious academic and theatrical accomplishments of both Jarka and Grayce and the enduring relationships that the Burians had formed throughout the UAlbany community. Friend and sculptress Terri Cosma Boor (second from the left) joined the festivities with her donation of a marble sculpture, entitled Cassandra, adding beauty to the wonderful tomes and treasures that fill the bookshelves.

Photo Credit: Tim Raab,

photos 2-10 by department secretary Michelle Westfall