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2019.2020 Auditions Announced

Ashland University Theatre announces its audition schedule for its 2019.2020 academic year season. Auditions are open to all Ashland University students regardless of their major… Read more

Drop of a Hat Purposefully Miscasts Musical Theatre Songs

AU Theatre presents the annual showcase concert by the musical theatre revue troupe Drop of a Hat Players on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m… Read more

Sound Design 101 with Richard Ingraham

Richard Ingraham is the guest sound designer this year for not only one production, but for all three productions including Little Women, Three Sisters and… Read more

Theatre Events

All Ashland University students (from all majors) are invited to...Read more
Ashland University Theatre will hold auditions for AN ENEMY OF...Read more
Ashland University Theatre's touring musical revue performance group will hold...Read more

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts

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Teresa Durbin-Ames
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2000 and serves as the artistic director of theatre Teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre Has...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 2019.2020 Season

By Arthur Miller
Adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play
Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Oct 11-12, 18-19 at 7:30pm 
Oct 13 at 2pm
Hugo Young Theatre 
School Matinee: Fri., Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.

Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson 
and Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally Conceived by Judy Craymer
Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Feb 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30pm 
Feb 16 at 2pm 
Hugo Young Theatre

THE ODD COUPLE (Female Version)
By Neil Simon
Directed by Robert Sean Parker

Apr 1-4 at 7:30pm
Apr 5 at 2pm
Studio Theatre

Theatre Alumni

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