Department News

Alumni Update

Congratulations to Kelly Strand ('07) who is playing the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias at Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus March 26... Read more


Ashland University Department of Theatre closes their 2013-2014 season "Exploring World and Self” with Experience/Experiment: The 2014 One Acts & New Works Festival which will... Read more

Students & Faculty attend Regional KCACTF

Seven students and two faculty members attended the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Jan. 14-18 at West Chester University in West Chester, PA... Read more

Faculty Spotlight

In 2004, Fabio directed the Midwest premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ "Missionaries" for which he was a finalist for Northern Ohio Live! Magazine ’s Award of... 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

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Announcing 2013-2014 Season

Exploring World and Self

Night Train to Bolina
by Nilo Cruz
directed by Fabio Polanco
Sep 26-28, Oct 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sep 29 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre
The Servant of Two Masters
by Carlo Goldini
adapted by Constance Congdon
directed by Scott Hudson
Nov 1-2, 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov 3 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre
Songs for a New World
music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
co-directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames
& Emily Jeppesen
Feb 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 16 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre
One Acts & New Works Festival
Apr 2-5 at 7:30 p.m.
Apr 6 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre
Drop of a Hat Players Spring Showcase Sat, Apr 5 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre

In Their Own Words

Read what our students, alumni and colleagues have to say about Ashland University Theatre.
  • Sean Smith, BA/Theatre '11
    I can design. I can act. I can work crew. I can build things. I can sew things. I can do so many different things because of the opportunities given to me at Ashland. My mind is more open and my ideas or theatre are more creative and open because of my liberal arts program."
  • Natasha Cline, BA/Theatre '11
    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."
  • Michael Beyer, BA/Theatre '01
    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
  • Kirk Domer, Theatre '99
    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*Circus... more
  • Aretta (Casebolt) Baumgartner, BA/Theatre and Communications '91
    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
  • Shane Patrick O'Neill, BA/Musical Theatre '08
    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 cases... more
  • Nicholas Edward “EdNick” McCrea, BA/Theatre and Electronic Media Production ‘12
    At Ashland, I gained experience working sound for both stage and screen. I learned a great deal about creating strong characters and discovered a passion for directing. Since I hope to be a writer/producer in the future, I feel all of these skills will be invaluable for getting in the door and... more
  • Sean Smith, BA/Theatre ‘11
    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.
  • Clare Kemock, BS/Theatre Education & Integrated Language Arts '04
    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.
  • Brittany Hartman, BA/Theatre and Studio Art minor '12
    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 work... more