Thomas Burrows, who led the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts through most of its existence, will retire from his position as executive director of the performance venue on Sept. 30.
Burrows arrived in Buffalo in 1996, two years after the center's opening, after serving in administrative roles with the Yale School of Drama, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., the O'Keefe Center in Toronto and Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ont.
Soon after his arrival, Burrows set about building the center into an international destination for top ballet and modern dance troupes, seeking to fill what he perceived as a hole in Buffalo's cultural makeup. He soon built the center's programming to include a diverse mix of theater, comedy, music, dance and student performances that made Amherst a must-visit cultural destination. Under Burrows' leadership, the venue also functioned as an important link between the University at Buffalo and the broader community.
Burrows was also instrumental in launching the CFA's popular Arts in Healthcare Program, which matches artists and performers with patients in local hospitals.
"Under his leadership," according to a release from the center, "the organization boasts the most eclectic mix of events and entertainment in the area and maintains a dual mandate of serving the university's academic mission while also positively impacting the greater population."
The university plans to launch a national search for his replacement, according to Center for the Arts Marketing Director David Wedekindt.
Below is some of our coverage of Burrows' career and accomplishments at the CFA: