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Department News

In Memoriam: Sam Shepard

Ashland University Theatre reflects on this week's death of Sam Shepard: playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director . As an actor, he appeared on stage… Read more

Vuranch Returns as Mother Jones

Ashland University Theatre alumna Karen Vuranch is returning to her roots this week as she makes her eighth appearance within the eighteen year history of… Read more

Reserve Seats NOW for SEUSSICAL School Matinee

Ashland University Theatre is now accepting reservations for a special school performance of Seussical slated for Friday, February 23 at 9 a.m. in Hugo Young… Read more

Theatre Events

Aug
28
All Ashland University students are invited to the annual theatre...Read more
Aug
29
From the ancient Greeks to Dr. Seuss, we are reminded...Read more
Oct
11
Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames, Ashland University Theatre opens the 2017-2018...Read more

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu
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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Ashland University He joined the...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

Fall 2017 Auditions

Fall 2017 Theatre AuditionsAuditions for the 2017 Fall productions will be held the first week of the fall semester beginning Tuesday, August 29. For more information, view this link and/or attend the Theatre Interest Meeting on Monday, August 28.

Announcing 2017.2018 Season

LEVELING UP
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames

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

THE TROJAN WOMEN
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

SEUSSICAL
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

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.
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