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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)

  • Students from the Baltimore Voices class
    Baltimore Voices

    Students from Baltimore Voices, Kimberley Lynne's ARTS 297 Page to Stage course, wrote and performed memoir monologues as part of their undergraduate Learning Community.

  • 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.

  • : Arena Player’s production of Amri Baraka’s Slave Ship, part of the African American Arts Festival 2015
    Slave Ship

    Arena Player's production of Amri Baraka's Slave Ship, part of the African American Arts Festival 2015.

  • 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.

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

    A staged reading of Judith Krummeck's screenplay, A Chain of Voices, based on Andre Brink's novel. Part of the Emerging Voices Project 2015.

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

Spring 2017:

  • African American Arts Festival, February 13-17
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7pm, Women in Jazz Composers, $10 general, $5 students. The concert features Diana Wharton, Helen Sung, and Amy K. Bormet.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 6pm. Blackscape Showcase of artists with a reception and 7pm, The Color of Truth: Poetry performance, hosted by spoken word artist Lady Brion. Co-sponsored by the Diversity & Culture Office and the Black Student Union, the event is free to the public.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7pm, League of Women Voters partners with Spotlight for a staged reading of Kimberley Lynne's play, The Last Battle of the American Revolution, the story of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Directed by Linda Chambers and featuring UB actors Diedre Badejo, Lauren Linsao, John Chapin, Peter Weitzman and Marshall Glaze, the play re-tells the story of women's suffrage. The League will host a reception post-show. Tickets are $15 general, $10 senior/LFW member and $5 students
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, Rebecca Jeffreys, flute, and Alexander Timofeev, pianist, $10 general, $5 senior and free to students
  • Thursday, April 6, Irish memoirist Malachi O'Doherty reads from his latest biography of Gerry Adams. Free/
  • Tuesday, April 11, Robert Hitz concert with two dueling pianos, $10 general, $5 senior/staff, free to students
  • Auditions for the first sophomore class of Performance Studies: Baltimore, April 17-18. For a time slot, please email Kimberley Lynne.
  • Monday, May 15, 11am, final improvisation class with Everyman Theatre company member Bruce Nelson and his students.
  • Monday, May 15, 5:30pm, Skelter Release Party 

 Summer 2017:

  • Emerging Voices Project featuring alum Victoria Kennedy's new play, reading of new work by faculty member Betsy Boyd, and alum Sharea Harris' continuation of her Black Maggies saga.
  • Armagh Project 2017, July

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 2/15/17