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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

Summer 2016:

  • Emerging Voices Project, May-June
  • Marion Winik's Storytelling Class, Thursday, May 5, 5:30pm, free. A mix of undergrads and grad writers tell stories with content that ranges from bullies to dating to candy empires.
  • Jane Delury's Skelter book release party, Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm, Bogomolny Room. Skelter is one of the two literary journals on campus and exclusively features the writing of the UB community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Jon Shorr presents his multimedia publishing story, Adaptations, Thursday, May 19, 7pm. This marks Shorr's third return to EVP and another use of image and sound to tell a compelling story.
  • Impossible Love, a new play by alum Latonia Valincia Moss, May 26, 7pm. Moss graduated from the MFA Creative Writing program and this marks her fourth EVP play, all focusing on the female African-American experience. Impossible Love has adult content in its exploration of dating in the third decade.
  • Black Maggies, a new play by MFA candidate Sharea Harris, June 2, 7pm. Harris developed her play about a young woman who follows her matriarchial line into a supernatural underground of women in Kimberley Lynne's playwriting course in spring 2015.
  • Staged reading of The Room Where I Was Held by David Zax, co-produced with the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and Rapid Lemon Productions, June 11 and 24. Zax's play about a journalist returning home after being abducted by the Taliban will be read with book in hand. Both actors and audience are encouraged to explore this powerful play together.
  • Dramatist Guild reading of a new play, Still Point, by Baltimore playwright, Mark Scharf, June 16, 7:30pm Local teacher and actor as well as playwright, Scharf tells the story of break up of a popular country-western duo.
  • Armagh Project 2016: a month-long creative writing residency in Northern Ireland. Watch video from Armagh Project 2015 where UB students developed work that they presented at the John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh as well as in fall classes at UB.
  • Artscape and High Zero, July


Fall 2016:

  • Variations on Blame, Rapid Lemon Productions, September 8-18
  • Reading of Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet, October 12, 5:30pm
  • Rimsky Korsakov Quartet
  • Reflections and Echoes, work developed during the Armagh Project, into classes and the Maryland Irish Festival
  • Veterans Voices: Vietnam, November
  • Learning Community ARTS297 performance, November


Spring 2017:

  • African American Arts Festival, February 13-16
  • Rebecca Jeffreys, flute, and Molly Lozeau, pianist, late February
  • Robert Hitz Trio TBA

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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 all Spotlight UB events are $5 for UB alumni.

  • 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 4/28/16