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

Congrats to Our 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 graduates Nik Demers, Holly Fongheiser, Alejandro Ridolfi and Megan Saupé. We are so proud of your accomplishments and know you have great things ahead of you. All the Best from your AU Theatre Family.Read more

Birthday Bash for the Bard, 4/16

Originally scheduled to be held in Redwood Hall, the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society at Ashland University is now going virtual via Facebook with its Birthday Bash for the Bard. Check the Ashland University Theatre Facebook page throughout the day on Thursday, Apr. 16 for video posts of AU students and faculty performing sonnets, monologues and scenes to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday!Read more

RESPOND BY 5/5: Tickets for "The Odd Couple"

If you purchased tickets to Ashland University Theatre's production of "The Odd Couple," please contact Tricia Applegate via an email message to tapplega@ashland.edu before May 5 on how you would like to process your ticket refund. Please specify one of the following:
Refund the amount of your ticket transaction less any processing fees, orRefund the amount as a donation to Ashland University Theatre or another designation at Ashland UniversityIf your payment was by credit card:
The processing will be made directly to your credit card and you will receive a confirmation email from our ticketing system.If your payment was made by cash or check,
A refund, made payable to you, will be sent by check which may take a couple of weeks to process through our business office, orAn email will be sent to this address acknowledging your donation.Please Note: No refunds will be processed after May 5 which is 30 days after the originally scheduled performances.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you stay healthy through this unusual circumstance....Read more

Auditions for Original Play, Feb. 26

Auditions for Holly Fongheiser’s original ten-minute play “Once Upon a Naptime”, directed by Eric Breeden will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. in Room 302 of the Center for the Arts.

"Once Upon a Naptime" follows the journey of Shane Armstrong, a celebrity who has found himself in the dream world of Julia. But why is he here? Who is the girl? Come along and find out!

One actor, one actress, and one non-speaking role are needed to tell this story. Auditionees will be asked to perform a modern one-minute monologue and then will be asked to read scenes from other plays....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

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.

Spring 2020 updates music schedule cover

Download the latest music schedule for Spring 2020.

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions & Interviews

Scholarship Requirements

We offer a variety of talent-based scholarships that require an audition and interview. Theatre scholarships are available to students who major, minor or participate in theatre, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to a scholarship audition and interview.

For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions and interviews must be submitted to GetAcceptd.com/Ashland by April 1 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment.

GetAcceptd.com

For more information please contact us at 419.289.5100 or theatre@ashland.edu.

Audition and Interview information for prospective theatre students

An audition determines the student’s experience and potential for success in a theatre-related career. In addition, all prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. Interviews also allow students to talk with faculty members in an informal manner and discover what Ashland University and the student have to offer each other.

Audition and Interview Dates for 2020-2021 Scholarships are

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • Auditions also available by appointment anytime prior to student's enrollment including summer sessions.

ACTORS:

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized contemporary monologue
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized classical monologue
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

ACTORS – MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a memorized ballad not to exceed two minutes*
  • Perform a memorized up-tempo song not to exceed two minutes*
  • Musicianship screening: each student will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute simple rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, the student must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

*Accompanist will be provided. Auditionee must provide the accompanist with clearly marked music in the appropriate key. Auditionee may not sing acapella.

Contact Us

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

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

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

Department News

Congrats to Our 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 graduates Nik Demers, Holly Fongheiser, Alejandro Ridolfi and Megan Saupé. We are so proud of your accomplishments and know you have great things ahead of you. All the Best from your AU Theatre Family.Read more

Birthday Bash for the Bard, 4/16

Originally scheduled to be held in Redwood Hall, the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society at Ashland University is now going virtual via Facebook with its Birthday Bash for the Bard. Check the Ashland University Theatre Facebook page throughout the day on Thursday, Apr. 16 for video posts of AU students and faculty performing sonnets, monologues and scenes to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday!Read more

RESPOND BY 5/5: Tickets for "The Odd Couple"

If you purchased tickets to Ashland University Theatre's production of "The Odd Couple," please contact Tricia Applegate via an email message to tapplega@ashland.edu before May 5 on how you would like to process your ticket refund. Please specify one of the following:
Refund the amount of your ticket transaction less any processing fees, orRefund the amount as a donation to Ashland University Theatre or another designation at Ashland UniversityIf your payment was by credit card:
The processing will be made directly to your credit card and you will receive a confirmation email from our ticketing system.If your payment was made by cash or check,
A refund, made payable to you, will be sent by check which may take a couple of weeks to process through our business office, orAn email will be sent to this address acknowledging your donation.Please Note: No refunds will be processed after May 5 which is 30 days after the originally scheduled performances.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you stay healthy through this unusual circumstance....Read more

Auditions for Original Play, Feb. 26

Auditions for Holly Fongheiser’s original ten-minute play “Once Upon a Naptime”, directed by Eric Breeden will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. in Room 302 of the Center for the Arts.

"Once Upon a Naptime" follows the journey of Shane Armstrong, a celebrity who has found himself in the dream world of Julia. But why is he here? Who is the girl? Come along and find out!

One actor, one actress, and one non-speaking role are needed to tell this story. Auditionees will be asked to perform a modern one-minute monologue and then will be asked to read scenes from other plays....Read more

Faculty

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

Current Season, Events & Tickets

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.

Spring 2020 updates music schedule cover

Download the latest music schedule for Spring 2020.

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions & Interviews

Scholarship Requirements

We offer a variety of talent-based scholarships that require an audition and interview. Theatre scholarships are available to students who major, minor or participate in theatre, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to a scholarship audition and interview.

For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions and interviews must be submitted to GetAcceptd.com/Ashland by April 1 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment.

GetAcceptd.com

For more information please contact us at 419.289.5100 or theatre@ashland.edu.

Audition and Interview information for prospective theatre students

An audition determines the student’s experience and potential for success in a theatre-related career. In addition, all prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. Interviews also allow students to talk with faculty members in an informal manner and discover what Ashland University and the student have to offer each other.

Audition and Interview Dates for 2020-2021 Scholarships are

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • Auditions also available by appointment anytime prior to student's enrollment including summer sessions.

ACTORS:

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized contemporary monologue
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized classical monologue
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

ACTORS – MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a memorized ballad not to exceed two minutes*
  • Perform a memorized up-tempo song not to exceed two minutes*
  • Musicianship screening: each student will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute simple rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, the student must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

*Accompanist will be provided. Auditionee must provide the accompanist with clearly marked music in the appropriate key. Auditionee may not sing acapella.

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.

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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.

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By donating any amount you're making a big difference in our department's future. To designate your gift to the Department of Theatre , select “Other” in the "Designated Options" and type the department's name in the associated box.

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