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Cat in the Hat Caption Contest

Enter to win two tickets to see Ashland University Theatre's production of Seussical: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the show closes on Feb. 24,… Read more

Seussical Stars AU Students, Faculty & Community Youth

Ashland University Department of Theatre presents its final main stage show for the 2017-2018 season with “Seussical,” the musical based on the works of Dr… Read more

AU Theatre Invited to Perform at KCACTF

Ashland University Theatre is proud to announce that is has been invited to perform a 15-minute scene from its fall production of The Trojan Women… Read more

Theatre Events

Music by Stephen Flaherty | Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book...Read more
Produced by Megan Harvey as fulfillment of her Senior Theatre...Read more
The musical theatre revue troupe Drop of a Hat Players...Read more

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
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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 2017.2018 Season

by Deborah Zoe Laufer
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Oct 11-14 at 7:30 pm
Oct 15 at 2 pm
Studio  Theatre

by Euripides
trans. by Richmond Lattimore
directed by Robert Sean Parker

Nov 8-11 at 7:30 pm
Nov 12 at 2 pm
Studio Theatre

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens | Stephen Flaherty
Based on Works of Dr. Seuss 
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Feb 16-17, 23-24 at 7:30 pm
Feb 18 at 2 pm
Hugo Young Theatre

School Matinee:
Fri., Feb 23, 9 am

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