Interdisciplinary training in acting, music, dance, and technical theatre are provided by professional artists with significant performance and teaching experience. 


The Dunbar Project is intended to provide young theatre artists with

  • a laboratory in which to create and perform theatre that reflects, investigates, and perpetuates community cultural development.


  • the opportunity to develop performance, technical, production, and administrative skills pertinent to theatre.


  • training in culturally specific performance styles and traditions.


Participants are required to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge through public performance and/or apprenticeship in the Technical Theatre Department. 


  • The program currently accomodates 25 participants.


  • Participants are chosen by the Artistic Director and Teaching Artists

  • Absences and tardies must be "negotiated" in order to continue participation. 

Audition Announcement

We are looking for 25 committed young theatre artists to join us in 2020.

Because experience is not necessary, an audition and interview to

determine potential and level of interest is required. 

for the Dunbar Project

Pre-Professional Theatre Arts Classes

Monday thru Thursday @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm • Sat. @ 11am -1pm

January 27 - May 22, 2020

Questions? Write or call (716) 322-5178

Who: Youth, ages 12 - 18

When: January 4th, 11AM to 1PM

Where: Ujima Co., Inc., 429 Plymouth Ave.

Buffalo, New York 14213


Scholarships will be provided for all successful applicants.

Parents and family will be asked to become a part of our community and aid in  our success by volunteering with the project.


Previously, from 2003 to 2010, The Dunbar Project focused on African American performance traditions. The 2020 program has expanded to incorporate the diverse cultures of Buffalo’s communities of color. The Dunbar Project trains youth in the performing arts traditions of their ancestors and aligns with Ujima Company’s vision for a just community based in collective work and responsibility. 



Karen Saxon, Music

Naila Ansari, Dance

Jillian Hanesworth, Spoken Word

Nicholas Quinn, Technical: Lights

Robert Ball, Technical: Sets



Lorna C. Hill, Artistic Director

Maria Ta, Program Director

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