Jarka and Grayce Burian

The Burian Lecture Series

Funded by the Jarka & Grayce Susan Burian Endowment
Both Burians are recognized by their artistic work as directors and actors.

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Co-sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute
This yearly event brings leading scholars and practitioners of the art of the theatre to the Albany campus. Funded by Jarka and Grayce Susan Burian, two of the Capital District's leading theatrical educators and artists, the lecture honors Dr. Burian's long and influential service at the University.

Jarka Burian, Professor Emeritus of Theatre at the University at Albany, was the leading American scholar of Czech theatre and is the author of the award-winning book "The Scenography of Josef Svoboda," a seminal critical study of the work of one of the twentieth century's most influential theatrical designers. He is also author of several other book-length studies of Svoboda's work in addition to the recently published "Modern Czech Theatre: Reflector and Conscience of a Nation" and numerous scholarly articles on scenography and Czech theatre. Burian served on the faculty of the University at Albany form 1955 to 1993, and also taught at Cornell, Berkeley, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the University of Central Florida.

Grayce Susan Burian, who received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the UAlbany, and also taught there, is best known for her long tenure as the director of the theatre program at Schenectady Community College, which she founded and nurtured into one of the most successful two-year theatre programs in the State

Burian Lectures
11th Annual
Wallace Shawn
, March 20, 2007
  12th Annual
Michael Mayer
, February 7, 2008
  13th Annual
A.R. Gurney
, April 15, 2009
  14th Annual
Rita Moreno
, October 7, 2009
15th Annual
John Patrick Shanley
, April 6, 2011
  16th Annual
John Sayles
, February 27, 2012
  17th Annual
Colman Domingo
, February 4, 2013
  18th Annual
Chris Durang
, March 10, 2014
19th Annual
Tina Packer
, April 13, 2015
  20th Annual
Pam MacKinnon
, April 18, 2016
  21st Annual
Dael Orlandersmith
, May 1, 2017