Theatre Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS/Performing Arts Publicity & Events
149 CFA, Center for the Arts
Tricia Applegate has over 25 years of arts administration experience.  She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and held positions at other organizations such as the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), Renaissance Theatre (Mansfield, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Chautauqua and the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. She holds a B.A. in business... Read More

Jason Coale
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Resident Scenic/Lighting Designer
240, Center for the Arts
Jason received a Master of Fine Arts in theatre design and technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in theatre production from Bradley University.  He has been a freelance designer since 2008 for theatres across the country.  Outside of the theatre, his work can be seen in various themed attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sea World San Diego and... Read More

Michael Desper
Technical Director
154, Center for the Arts
Before joining Ashland University, Mr. J. Michael Desper spent the previous 11 years as technical director and resident scene designer at Sunset Playhouse near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked on nearly 90 productions. Previously, Mr. Desper freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Pendulum Theatre and Bowen Park Theatre and Opera, as well as working as guest artist and... Read More

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234, Center for the Arts
Teresa joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000 and is currently associate professor of theatre, taking over the position of chair in May 2008. She teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University (in chemistry no less!) and an M.A. and Ph. D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University. Prior to her Ph.D. work,... Read More

Scott Hudson
Assistant Professor of Theatre
238, Center for the Arts
Scott is a member of New York City’s LAByrinth Theatre Company and collaborates on new works with fellow members such as Lynn Nottage, Eric Bogosian and Sam Rockwell. He originated the role of Gail in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and recently directed a new short play by John Patrick Shanley at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City.  He is currently... Read More

Fabio Polanco
Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
In 2004, Fabio directed the Midwest premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ "Missionaries" for which he was a finalist for Northern Ohio Live! Magazine’s Award of Achievement in Theatre. Other directing credits include: "Dead Man Walking"; "Anyone Can Whistle"; "Cloud Tectonics"; "True West"; "Jesus Christ Superstar"; "All in the Timing"; "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"; "Sweeney Todd"; and "Waiting for Lefty" at... Read More

Sarah Russell
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Resident Costume Designer
150, Center for the Arts
Sarah Russell received a Master of Fine Arts in costume design from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Bowling Green State University. She came to Ashland University from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she taught courses including Introduction to Costume Design, Stage Makeup, Costume Crafts, Costume Rendering Techniques and Introduction to Sewing. She is a... Read More