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Department News

Openings for Guest Designers & Part-time Costume Studio Manager

Ashland University Department of Theatre seeks Scenic, Costume and Lighting Designers for two shows in 2016-2017 academic season: The Autumn Garden by Lillian Hellman (opens… Read more

AU Theatre Students Celebrated at Annual Banquet

With alumnus Dusten Welch (2007) as the guest speaker, Alpha Psi Omega once again hosted the annual theatre banquet where students were celebrated and recognized… Read more

Drop of a Hat Showcase, April 23

Ashland University Theatre’s Drop of a Hat Players, a musical theatre revue troupe, presents its 2016 Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m… Read more

AU Theatre: Get Involved from the Beginning

Department Chair

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
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Faculty Spotlight

J Michael Desper
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,...Read more

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

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

Announcing 2016.2017 Season

by Lillian Hellman
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Oct 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct 23 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre

book by Roger O. Hirson
music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
directed by Robert Sean Parker

Feb 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 12 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre

by John Cariani 
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

Mar 29, 30, 31, Apr 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Apr 2 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Support AU Theatre Through Friends of the Hugo

Support AU TheatreAshland University Theatre recognizes donors of gifts over $500 for their generous support of Live Theatre in Ashland! These gifts along with many others help continue our mission of educating and training professional theatre artists; engaging, entertaining and cultivating a broad range of audiences, and making Live Theatre accessible to all. Visit the FRIENDS OF THE HUGO and Give Today!

Dean's Circle

  • Anonymous In honor of Murray Hudson
  • Jim and Mary Rycik In honor of Paul, Sara and Helena Hricik
  • Dawn R. Weber

In Their Own Words

Read what our students, alumni and colleagues have to say about Ashland University Theatre.