Theatre Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Communications Coord., CAS/Performing Arts Events
149 & 210a, Center for the Arts
419.289.5950
tapplega@ashland.edu
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

J Michael Desper J. Michael Desper
Technical Director
154, Center for the Arts
419.289.5890
mdesper@ashland.edu
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

Teresa Durbin-Ames Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
234, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu
Teresa joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000 and is currently the artistic director of theatre and associate professor of theatre. 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, Teresa was... Read More

Patty Lanious Patty Lanious
Production Manager, Lighting Designer
234, Center for the Arts
419.289.5330
planious@ashland.edu
Patty has had a varied career working in the arts. She's worked as a stage manager, production manager, electrician, scenic artist, technician, lighting designer, box office guru, and more. She's worked for organizations such as Syracuse Stage, the University of Illinois, and First City Players in Ketchikan, Alaska. Prior to joining AU's Department of Theatre, Patty served as the General Manager for Wayne Center for... Read More

Robert Sean Parker Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
, Center for the Arts

Sean holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Idaho and a BFA in Acting from Western Carolina University. Before joining the Ashland University faculty, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  Some of his professional credits include:  Off-Broadway, Chicago Theatre (American Theatre Company, Provision Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), Pioneer Playhouse, Idaho Repertory Theatre... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Ashland University He joined the faculty in 1986, and teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet) and Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on... Read More

Cathy Rowland Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
crowlan1@ashland.edu
Ms. Cathy Rowland joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the department of music in August 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of music, art and theatre. She also serves as organist and choir accompanist for her church, Jeromesville United Methodist. Ms. Rowland lives in Jeromesville with daughters, Anna and Josie.