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Spotlight UB:
UB's Performing Arts Series


As part of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, Spotlight UB is pleased to present readings, theatrical productions, concerts and integrated arts performances. Spotlight regularly attaches programming to curriculum with learning goals of arts appreciation and increased reading comprehension.

One student, after seeing the production of Sondheim's musical, Assassins, commented in her critical response that "we took a sneak peak into America's twisted history."

  • Musical Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, co-produced with Stillpointe Theatre Initiative, photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker
    Assassins Musical

    The cast of Assassins, a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, that was co-produced with Stillpointe Theatre Initiative. (photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker)

  • Black Student Union merged with local artists to present an evening of dance and slam poetry.
    African-American Arts

    Black Student Union partnered with local artists to present an evening of dance and slam poetry

  • Staged reading of Judith Krummeck’s screenplay based on Andre Brink’s novel , A Chain of Voices, Emerging Voices Project 2015

    Michael Zemarel and Chloe McDaniel in William Butler Yeats' mysterious last play, Purgatory.

  • HFI workshop
    Something rotten workshop

    Hippodrome Foundation workshop with national tour actor from Something Rotten company with Professional Development course students as part of the Performance Studies Specialization

  • Integration of visual arts and music in the Red Door is Open program with pianist Robert Hitz and faculty member and musician/painter Jeffrey Hoover
    The Red Door is Open

    Integration of visual arts and music in The Red Door is Open program with pianist Robert Hitz and faculty member and musician/painter Jeffrey Hoover.

  • Title IX Awareness program
    But I Said No

    A staged reading of play, But I Said No, as part of Title IX Awareness programming.

Upcoming Events:

Unless otherwise specified, events take place in the Wright Theater, an acoustically designed space on the fifth floor of the UB Student Center

Fall 2017:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30-8pm, Art and Ethics program Moral Dilemmas in Shakespeare, conversations about the revenge and murder using the work of William Shakespeare, co-produced with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. Actors will perform scenes from Macbeth and Hamlet, followed by discussion. Light supper served post discussion.
  • Arts and Theater Manager and Lecturer, Kimberley Lynne's playwriting class will read scenes from their new plays in December.

Spring 2018:

  • African American Arts Festival, Feb. 26-March 1: a week of music, theatre, and literature
  • Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss on viola and Hui-Chuan Chen on piano, March 27


University of Baltimore student David Chiodaroli wrote an article for the UB Post concerning the diminished Spotlight UB budget. The UB Post is migrating to more online journalism. Please support college journalists

Baltimore City Paper voting poll chose Stillpointe Theatre and Spotlight UB's combined production of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Assassins, as Best Musical 2016. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

In June 2016, the University of Baltimore proudly announced a new partnership with Everyman Theatre and the Hippodrome Foundation in the creation of Performance Studies Baltimore, a specialization out of the Integrated Arts program and based on the conservatory ensemble model. Listen to the WJZ news story of the announcement. The curriculum will soon be posted. Donald Hicken is directing ARTS297 in November, and Everyman company member Bruce R. Nelson will teach improvisation and acting in the spring.


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More Information:

  • Tickets

    Tickets can be purchased:

    • online via; search under "University of Baltimore." 
      Note: As with all online ticketing services, etix charges a minimal processing fee.
    • one hour before the show at the door.

    Tickets to most Spotlight UB events are $5 for UB alumni (except Rapid Lemon Productions Variations on Blame).

  • Location

    Unless otherwise noted, all events are held in the Wright Theater on the fifth floor of the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. (at the corner of Maryland and Mount Royal avenues).

    Learn about parking for Spotlight UB events.

  • Accessibility

    If any audience members require an event to be interpreted, please email with your request. Requests can only be honored when a request is made at least two weeks prior to performance.

For further information, please contact Kimberley Lynne, arts and theater manager, at

Last Published 10/26/17