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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

Fall 2016:

  • Reading of Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet, October 12, 5:30pm, free as part of Virginia Carruthers' Shakespeare class. Susan Stroupe directs a collection of UB and community actors, including Marianne Angelella, Steven Leyva, Kimberley Lynne, Laura Malkus, Stephen Matanle, Patrick Martyn, Tomi Rinaldi, Mark Scharf, Mike Smith, Shelby Sullivan, and Brandan Tate.
  • Rimsky Korsakov Quartet, Nov. 1, 7pm. The famous quartet will conduct residencies in Dr. Jeffrey Hoover's class and then a concert on Tuesday night. Tickets $10 general, $5 senior/staff, students free.
  • Reflections and Echoes, work developed during the Armagh Project 2016: a month-long creative writing residency in Northern Ireland, will be performed in arts classes in September and December on campus and then at the Maryland Irish Festival in November. Watch video from Armagh Project 2015 where UB students developed work that they presented at the John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh.
  • Veterans Voices: Vietnam, November 10, 7pm, the poetry and song that evolved from the Vietnam War, free
  • ARTS297 students perform One Particular Saturday, a drama with witness accounts of the 1968 Baltimore Race Riots, directed by Donald Hicken, November 15 and 17, 2pm. Historian Dr. Betsy Nix will conduct a talk back with director Hicken after the Nov. 15th show.

Spring 2017:

  • African American Arts Festival, February 13-16
  • 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, February 22.
  • Rebecca Jeffreys, flute, and Molly Lozeau, pianist, February 28
  • April 6, Irish memoirist Malachi O'Doherty
  • Robert Hitz concert, April 11
  • Auditions for the first sophomore class of Performance Studies: Baltimore, April 17-18


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!

On June 6, 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 10/12/16