Robert Falgiano (image by Ginny Rose Stewart)
September 29, 2017
Each month, we’ll introduce you to an interesting member
of the Professional Staff Senate. This month’s featured
member is Rob Falgiano, assistant director of the Center for Fine
How long have you worked at UB?
Twenty years as of last week! Mainly I book events at the Center
for the Arts and write grants for special performing arts
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The performances themselves, especially the more “outside
the box” stuff like when we brought Columbian gypsy jazz
group Monsieur Periné last season. These are life affirming
moments which support talented artists and thrill the public.
What's the most difficult part about your job?
What I’d describe as the “40-year national
trend” of corporatization of the arts, and the culture
generally. I’m concerned that the mission of performing arts
centers is being gradually buried beneath the finances.
What would you say is your biggest achievement at UB?
Supporting professional dance performance on our Mainstage, plus
serving students in the UB dance department. Since 1997 the Center
has contracted more than 100 dance performances. We are the only
long-term dance presenter in Buffalo. More than two dozen
professional companies from around the country have been in
residence, providing master classes for UB dance majors, plus
performances at area public schools. Residencies include some of
the most important historical modern companies, such as
Limón, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and newer groups like
Koresh, Rioult, Dorrance and Varone. I admire dancers. They are
Tell us something about your department that isn't well known.
The Center for the Arts exists on 70 percent earned revenue from
our events and production services. There’s no programming or
equipment budget from UB, and no student activity fees.
If you were to share some advice for other professional staff, what would it be?
UB has many positive attributes but is highly political. (Maybe
that’s everywhere?) Choose your stands with care.
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?
I love writing and performing music. I’m proud to say
I’ve just released my 9th CD of original songs.
Do you have a favorite meal you like to prepare?
I don’t cook. My favorite quick snack is a spinach burrito
with lots of hot sauce.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I should make Italy a priority. In my head it’s one big
Fellini film with everyone yelling and gesturing at each other.
Any other fun facts about you?
A few years ago I wrote a book called God Laughs at Dirty Jokes.
It’s about my family’s encounters with spirits, believe
it or not.