Department of Theatre

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Develop your performance skills in singing, dance, and music in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre - Musical Theatre program at Ashland University.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Are you interested in exploring the performance, design, or management areas of theatre? Look no further than Ashland University’s Theatre Studies program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

CURRENT CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Musical Theatre Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. Theatre Studies Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
2016-2017 CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Musical Theatre Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. Acting Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. General Four Year Guide: Even / Odd

Department News

Dr. Beth Richmond (Jan. 7, 1926 - Nov. 1, 2019)

Ashland University Theatre mourns the passing of Dr. Beth Richmond who taught at Ashland College for nearly 30 years, eventually serving as Chair of the Department of Speech and Drama. Known as Dr. Beth to her hundreds and hundreds of students, she was a beloved teacher appreciated for her compassion and also signature acerbic wit.

Services will take place in January, when the family traditionally gathered for her birthday, at the Bellville All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Edwin Boardman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent to Ashland University 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
See her full obituary at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com...Read more

Spring 2020 Electives in Music & Theatre

The Departments of Music and Theatre are offering three elective courses (non-core/no prerequisites) in the Spring 2020 semester including:
Music Technology with Dr. Stefan Swanson, MWF at 2 p.m.Acting for the Camera with Robert Sean Parker, TTh at 1:40 p.m. Arts Management with Tricia Applegate, TTh at 9:25 a.m....Read more

24-Hour Theatre Project Returns 11/9

Ashland University Department of Theatre and Alpha Psi Omega (APO) theatre honor society is producing another 24-Hour Theatre Project this fall. The performance of an original script written and produced within 24-hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University's Studio Theatre. 
A limited number of tickets are available for this free performance which is open to the public. Patrons can secure their seat by calling the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125.

Numerous Ashland University students will be participating in this project which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Within the next 24 hours, these students will write, audition, memorize, design and rehearse a play which will be publicly performed at 7:30 p.m. the following day.

Founded by 2018 alumna Megan Harvey (Medina), the reins have been transferred to another APO senior member, Ivey Buffenmyer (Ashland), who will serve as the producer and leader of the writing team to manage her team leaders including: Eric Breeden (Medina), assistant producer; Alejandro Ridolfi (Middleburg Hts.), directing; Nik Demers (Shelby), stage management; Drew Berlin (Barberton), lighting design; AnnMarie Hill (Mansfield), costume design; Maya Rickard (Wooster), scenic design; Tristan Peterman (Canton), set construction; Ethan Tingler (Roseville), music composition and sound design; Rachel Lowery (Elyria), properties and hospitality.

The excitement of this project is the anticipation of not knowing what will be performed for the audience, since everything will be created in a condensed amount of time. A normal production includes five to six weeks of rehearsal, this group will be preparing in a single day....Read more

Mamma Mia! & Odd Couple Auditions - 10/28

Ashland University Theatre will hold auditions for its Spring 2020 shows on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre and the Studio Theatre, respectively, as follows:

MAMMA MIA!
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson
and Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson Originally Conceived by Judy CraymerPrepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show, an accompanist will be providedRoles available for 6 women & 6 men & chorusDance Audition & Call-backs: Oct. 29 & 30, 6:30 p.m., Hugo Young TheatrePerformances: Feb. 14-22, Hugo Young TheatreTHE ODD COUPLE (Female Version) 
by Neil Simon
Prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologueRoles available for 6 women & 2 menCall-backs: Thursday, Oct. 31, Studio TheatrePerformances: Apr. 1-5, Studio Theatre...Read more

Faculty

Teresa Durbin-Ames
Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821 / tdurbin@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Robert Sean Parker
Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655 / rparker6@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre
David Steinmetz
David Steinmetz
Technical Director

419.289.5890 / dsteinm2@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre

Current Season, Events & Tickets

Arts Guide

2019-2020 Arts Guide. Coburn Gallery, Music, Theatre

Download the latest copy of the Ashland University Arts Guide, featuring upcoming events in the Coburn Gallery, Music and Theatre.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Develop your performance skills in singing, dance, and music in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre - Musical Theatre program at Ashland University.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Are you interested in exploring the performance, design, or management areas of theatre? Look no further than Ashland University’s Theatre Studies program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

CURRENT CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Musical Theatre Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. Theatre Studies Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
2016-2017 CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Musical Theatre Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. Acting Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. General Four Year Guide: Even / Odd

Department News

Dr. Beth Richmond (Jan. 7, 1926 - Nov. 1, 2019)

Ashland University Theatre mourns the passing of Dr. Beth Richmond who taught at Ashland College for nearly 30 years, eventually serving as Chair of the Department of Speech and Drama. Known as Dr. Beth to her hundreds and hundreds of students, she was a beloved teacher appreciated for her compassion and also signature acerbic wit.

Services will take place in January, when the family traditionally gathered for her birthday, at the Bellville All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Edwin Boardman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent to Ashland University 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
See her full obituary at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com...Read more

Spring 2020 Electives in Music & Theatre

The Departments of Music and Theatre are offering three elective courses (non-core/no prerequisites) in the Spring 2020 semester including:
Music Technology with Dr. Stefan Swanson, MWF at 2 p.m.Acting for the Camera with Robert Sean Parker, TTh at 1:40 p.m. Arts Management with Tricia Applegate, TTh at 9:25 a.m....Read more

24-Hour Theatre Project Returns 11/9

Ashland University Department of Theatre and Alpha Psi Omega (APO) theatre honor society is producing another 24-Hour Theatre Project this fall. The performance of an original script written and produced within 24-hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University's Studio Theatre. 
A limited number of tickets are available for this free performance which is open to the public. Patrons can secure their seat by calling the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125.

Numerous Ashland University students will be participating in this project which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Within the next 24 hours, these students will write, audition, memorize, design and rehearse a play which will be publicly performed at 7:30 p.m. the following day.

Founded by 2018 alumna Megan Harvey (Medina), the reins have been transferred to another APO senior member, Ivey Buffenmyer (Ashland), who will serve as the producer and leader of the writing team to manage her team leaders including: Eric Breeden (Medina), assistant producer; Alejandro Ridolfi (Middleburg Hts.), directing; Nik Demers (Shelby), stage management; Drew Berlin (Barberton), lighting design; AnnMarie Hill (Mansfield), costume design; Maya Rickard (Wooster), scenic design; Tristan Peterman (Canton), set construction; Ethan Tingler (Roseville), music composition and sound design; Rachel Lowery (Elyria), properties and hospitality.

The excitement of this project is the anticipation of not knowing what will be performed for the audience, since everything will be created in a condensed amount of time. A normal production includes five to six weeks of rehearsal, this group will be preparing in a single day....Read more

Mamma Mia! & Odd Couple Auditions - 10/28

Ashland University Theatre will hold auditions for its Spring 2020 shows on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre and the Studio Theatre, respectively, as follows:

MAMMA MIA!
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson
and Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson Originally Conceived by Judy CraymerPrepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show, an accompanist will be providedRoles available for 6 women & 6 men & chorusDance Audition & Call-backs: Oct. 29 & 30, 6:30 p.m., Hugo Young TheatrePerformances: Feb. 14-22, Hugo Young TheatreTHE ODD COUPLE (Female Version) 
by Neil Simon
Prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologueRoles available for 6 women & 2 menCall-backs: Thursday, Oct. 31, Studio TheatrePerformances: Apr. 1-5, Studio Theatre...Read more

Faculty

Teresa Durbin-Ames
Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821 / tdurbin@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Robert Sean Parker
Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655 / rparker6@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre
David Steinmetz
David Steinmetz
Technical Director

419.289.5890 / dsteinm2@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre

Current Season, Events & Tickets

Setting the Stage

Do you have a passion for acting, musical theatre, directing, or stage management? Ashland University’s Theatre Department offers you the opportunity to master the skills necessary for a career in theatre.

Theatre Department Differentiators

  • Learn from outstanding, accomplished faculty determined to help you succeed

  • Benefit from a small-sized program that will engage you early in your college career to set you up for future success

  • Take part in an intensive production schedule and curriculum that prepare you for the rigors of the theatre profession

Many graduates of the Theatre Department move directly to work in professional theatre, television, or film or study at top-rated graduate programs around the nation.

Explore our two theatre tracks for the specialty that best fits your future career.

Scholarships

We offer talent-based, renewable scholarships that require an audition and interview.  Theatre Scholarships are available to students who wish to pursue theatre as a major, minor or program participant.  Students can audition and interview live on campus or upload a video audition and schedule a Skype interview. All scholarship audition application materials must be submitted via Acceptd regardless of in-person or video audition.

GetAcceptd.com

For more information please contact us at 419.289.5100 or theatre@ashland.edu, or read more about the scholarship auditions and interviews.

AU Theatre: Jump In Feet First

Facilities

Ashland University has two theatre spaces: the Hugo Young Theatre and the Studio Theatre. Hugo Young Theatre is a proscenium house that seats 724 and is used for many of the Theatre Department's main stage and student productions, the Music Department's major concerts, occasional Ashland Symphony Orchestra performances, and other campus and community activities. The Studio Theatre is a black box space which seats about 75 in a semi-permanent thrust configuration.

Read more about Ashland's Theatre facilities!

Drop of a Hat Players

Drop of a Hat Player 2020 Spring Showcase

Ashland University Theatre’s Drop of a Hat Players, a traveling musical revue troupe, accepts bookings throughout the academic year from September through the beginning of May based on performer availability. Performing classic and contemporary Broadway show tunes with a pianist, the troupe is available to perform at banquets, meetings, parties, civic group engagements or other special events.

Drop of a Hat Players must be booked at least two weeks in advance of the requested event.  Due to students' busy class, rehearsal and production schedules, shows are scheduled around their on-campus responsibilities usually in the evenings or on weekends.  Performances are 20 to 60 minutes in length depending upon need.  Donations for the performances are customary and encouraged.   Founded in the early 1990s as an outreach program for the Ashland University Theatre Department, the group also provides a performance training opportunity for students.

For more information or to book Drop of a Hat Players, contact Robert Sean Parker at 419.289.5655 or rparker6@ashland.edu.

The theme for the 2019.2020 Season is "Antagonist Anonymous" as the performers select pieces based on the villains of musical theatre.

The 2020 annual showcase will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Get your free reserved-seat ticket at the AU Box Office: 419.289.5125.

Theatre Alumni

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