Michael Desper

Technical Director
Building: 
Center for the Arts
Office Number: 
154
Department: 
Phone: 
419.289.5890

Bio

Before joining Ashland University, Mr. J. Michael Desper spent the previous 11 years as technical director and resident scene designer at Sunset Playhouse near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked on nearly 90 productions. Previously, Mr. Desper freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Pendulum Theatre and Bowen Park Theatre and Opera, as well as working as guest artist and instructor for the theatre department at North Dakota State University. Mr. Desper earned a Master of Fine Arts in theatre arts at San Diego State University and worked for the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Originally from Oklahoma, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from the University of Oklahoma.

Education

MFA, Theatre Arts - San Diego State University
BFA, Fine Arts - University of Oklahoma

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Apr
23
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Apr
24
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27
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Apr
29
Ashland University Department of Music presents two student ensemble recitals... Read more