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Alumna Kelly Strand Returns as Guest Speaker

Ashland University Theatre alumna Kelly Strand (2007) is the guest speaker for the Annual Theatre Banquet which is being held on Saturday, April 22. Kelly's… Read more

Tackling the Unpredictability of Love in Almost, Maine

Ashland University Department of Theatre closes its 2016-2017 season in "Pursuit of Happiness" with John Cariani's romantic comedy Almost, Maine . Associate Professor of Theatre… Read more

Nicholson Presents "Piece of Mind": An Evening of Monologues

Ashland University theatre major Anthony Nicholson is finalizing his college career with a senior theatre performance project scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m… Read more

AU Theatre: Get Involved from the Beginning

Department Chair

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts


16-17 Arts Guide

Faculty Spotlight

Robert Sean Parker
Sean holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Idaho and a BFA in Acting from Western Carolina University. Before joining the Ashland University...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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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.

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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.
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