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Alumna Karen Vuranch Returns as 16th Century Pirate

AU Theatre alumna Karen Vuranch returns to Ashland next week to portray the 16th Century pirate queen, Grace O'Malley, at Ashland Chautauqua . Her first-person… Read more

AU Theatre Alumni Recent Successes

Many of our recent theatre graduates are finding success in New York City and beyond. This is a brief list. If you know of more,… Read more

Ashland Theatre Remembers Jim Reynolds

On Sunday, over 30 alumni, faculty and staff gathered on the Hugo Young Theatre stage to celebrate the life of James G. Reynolds, former professor… Read more

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For LITTLE WOMEN, the Musical Performances: November 2-10 | Hugo...Read more
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Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu
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Teresa Durbin-Ames
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...Read more

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Welcome to the Department of Theatre at Ashland University.

Our Bachelor of Arts degree offers you the opportunity to master the skills necessary for a career in the theatre, whether your passion is for acting, musical theatre, directing, stage management or design. Led by outstanding professionally engaged and accomplished faculty, students have the opportunity to jump in feet first at Ashland . . . More

Announcing 2018.2019 Season

LITTLE WOMEN, The Musical
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
directed by Robert Sean Parker

Nov 2-3, 9-10 at 7:30pm
Nov 4 at 2pm
Hugo Young  Theatre

School Matinee:
Fri., Nov 9, 9am

THREE SISTERS
by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Feb 15-16, 22-23 at 7:30pm
Feb 17 at 2pm
Hugo Young Theatre

BASKERVILLE
A Sherlock Holmes Mystery 
by Ken Ludwig
directed by Rachael Endrizzi

Apr 3-6 at 7:30pm
Apr 7 at 2 pm
Studio Theatre

School Matinee:
Fri., Apr 5, 9am

Where Are Our Theatre Alumni

The overwhelming majority of our graduates move directly to work in professional theatre, television and film or to study at top-rated graduate programs throughout the nation.  Please follow our collection of alumni profiles and theatre success stories.

Theatre Alumni Profiles

In Their Own Words

Read what our students, alumni and colleagues have to say about Ashland University Theatre.
Natasha Cline
Ashland was not the place that I expected to attend but I"m sure glad that I picked it. I got a chance at a real education where professors would help me with any problems that I had. I have made some of the best friends I could ever ask for and have had a chance to truly discover who I am."
Natasha Cline, BA/Theatre '11
Michael Beyer
My theatre training at Ashland prepared me with hands-on experience. It gave me a professional understanding and respect for the craft and fed my eager ambition to be a successful theatre artist. When I attended the Hilberry Repertory Theatre at Wayne State University after graduating from... more
Michael Beyer, BA/Theatre '01
Kirk Domer
All of my courses and production work within the Department of Theatre were essential in obtaining my current job based on their learning trajectory and the fact that my professors "accented on my individual" by helping me to acquire professional work at Cedar Point Amusement Park and Make*a*... more
Kirk Domer, Theatre '99
Aretta Baumgartner
My wide range of theatre experiences at Ashland (onstage and off) prepared me to really work in theatre and be able to do many different things. I worked in the box office at Ashland and was able to add those duties to my acting internship after graduation making myself more marketable and... more
Aretta (Casebolt) Baumgartner, BA/Theatre and Communications '91
Shane Patrick O'Neill
I went on to attend graduate school at New York University where I earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Musical Theatre. Ashland provided me with a wonderful foundation upon which I continued to build at NYU. I felt that I was just as prepared (and in some... more
Shane Patrick O'Neill, BA/Musical Theatre '08
Sean Smith
At Ashland University, I had the opportunity to work backstage and onstage. I acted in many productions and served as costume designer and backstage crew. I am versatile and trained in many different areas which is something I would not get at a larger school.
Sean Smith, BA/Theatre ‘11
Clare Kemock
Ashland was focused on coursework and excellence. I think the curriculum, the volume of my course credits, and the academic reputation at Ashland were to my benefit.
Clare Kemock, BS/Theatre Education & Integrated Language Arts '04
Brittany Hartman
I use the things that I learned at AU in my career on a daily basis! My experiences running shows and collaborating on productions at AU taught me how to do those things in the "real world". The valuable lessons taught are things that I use every single day. Every time I start a new project at... more
Brittany Hartman, BA/Theatre and Studio Art minor '12