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Mission Statement

Buffalo United Artists is a self-supporting collective of professional theater artists working constantly to create accessible, professional-quality theater consistent with the great passion we feel for our art. We do not shy away from controversy, nor do we direct our production choices towards mass appeal or popular opinion. We believe one of the greatest endeavors we can pursue is to use our craft to play an active and visible role in the service of our community. We aspire to present theater that entertains, enlightens and captures the imagination.

BUA's Philosophy

``A Passion for Theater...Theater With Passion.``

We do not produce plays for the goal of making money. We produce theater that we feel has a message that needs to be heard in our community. BUA uses theater as a vehicle for social change, outreach and a means of communicating important aspects of the human experience that Buffalo audience members might not otherwise view and explore.

We do so with attention to artistic excellence, an eye on what is current and pertinent in today’s world of theater, a passion for achieving and maintaining the highest possible standard of artistry and integrity, while constantly challenging ourselves to strive for even greater goals.

Company History

BUA was started in 1992 by Javier Bustillos, the company’s executive producer. BUA’s first production was A…My Name Is Alice, which became the most performed (over 120 performances), widely attended and popular theatrical production in the history of Buffalo theater.

Since 1992, under the leadership and direction of Mr. Bustillos, BUA has presented productions at theaters throughout the Buffalo area, receiving awards and accolades from peers in the theater community.

During the course of its efforts to bring high-quality theater to Buffalo, BUA has employed more than 300 local artists.

In 1994, Mr. Bustillos decided to expand the production management of BUA to include other managing members. As a collective, these artists plan/select BUA’s season of productions; coordinate all advertising, public relations and community outreach; manage company finances and box office revenues; and establish policies, goals and the mission for the company.

Awards & Honors

Several BUA productions have received ArtVoice Artie Awards, including…

Outstanding Ensemble

A...My Name is Alice , Ten Percent Revue , Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Jeffrey, Fairy Tales, Bent, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Laramie Project

Outstanding Set Design

Patrick Shaughnessy for Johnny Bull

Outstanding Production of a Play

The Baby Dance

Outstanding Production of a Play

A...My Name is Alice

Outstanding Director in a Musical

Kelli Bocock-Natale for A...My Name is Alice , Lynne Kurdziel-Formato for Jerry's Girls

Outstanding Director in a Play

Susan Shaughnessy for Johnny Bull<br /> Javier Bustillos for Love!, Valour, Compassion!<br /> Chris Kelly for The Bad Seed and The Laramie Project

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Drew Kahn for The Baltimore Waltz, Jimmy Janowski for The Boys in the Band

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Eileen Dugan for Beautiful Thing, Anne Hartley Pfohl for Jeffrey, Catilin Coleman for Valhalla

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play

Eileen Dugan for The Baby Dance , Lisa Ludwig for As Bees in Honey Drown, Dava Jones for Dirty Blonde

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play

Manny Fried for Visiting Mr. Green

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical

Jimmy Janowski for Ruthless!, Chris Kelly for Godspell

Outstanding Choreography

Michael Walline for Naked Boys Singing!