Theatre Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Communications Coord., CAS/Performing Arts Events
149 & 210a, 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

J Michael Desper J. 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

Teresa Durbin-Ames 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

Patty Lanious Patty Lanious
Production Manager, Lighting Designer
234, Center for the Arts
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

Patrick McGregor II Patrick McGregor II
Guest Artist, Acting Faculty
238, Center for the Arts
Patrick McGregor II is a director, actor, writer, and educator from Westerville, Ohio. He completed the coursework for his MFA in Directing at Southern Illinois University, and received his BA in acting and directing from Bethany College. He also graduated from The Columbus Academy where he founded Shots in the Dark Independent Theatre Company with whom he served as Artistic Director for nine years.  He has received... Read More

Cathy Rowland Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
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.  

Sarah Russell 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

Rachael Swartz Rachael Swartz
Guest Artist, Acting Faculty
240, Center for the Arts
Rachael Swartz is an actress, director and educator from Wooster, Ohio.  She received her MFA in Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi where she lectured in Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice for the Actor, Theatre History, and Introduction to Theatre.  She received her BA in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University.  Previous performances include: Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Betsy/Lindsey in ... Read More