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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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.

What to Expect in the Musical Theatre Program

The Musical Theatre program provides you with the fundamental skills and tools necessary to become a well-rounded theatre artist. You’ll take courses in:

  • Acting

  • Design

  • Directing

  • Dramatic Literature

  • History

  • Theatre Technology

These courses will provide you with a world-class education in all aspects of theatre. You’ll also take additional courses in dance, music theatre performance, and music theatre history to enhance your musical theatre specialty.

Note that you must minor in Applied Music and audition for the Department of Music to be a part of this program.

In addition, your audition skills are assessed each year to meet the department student-learning outcome to ensure you’re prepared to audition for professional theatre. You’ll present your resume and audition songs each spring as part of the Theatre Department's Assessment Auditions and Interviews.

Musical Theatre Track, Theatre Courses:
TH 100 Theatre Practicum (8 sem.) TH 241 Intro to Tech Theatre I
TH 150 Theatre Production Lab (6 sem.) TH 242 Intro to Tech Theatre II
TH 109 Dance I: Introduction to Dance TH 303 Amer. Musical Theatre
2 of these 3 courses: TH 308 Voice & Mvmt for Perf.
TH 209 Dance II: Ballet/Modern TH 404 Modern Drama Styles
TH 210 Dance III: Tap Th 405 Musical Theatre Perf.
TH 309 Dance IV: Jazz TH 411 Directing
TH 204 Script Analysis TH 418 History of Theatre I
TH 207 Visual Art of Theatre TH 419 History of Theatre II
TH 211 Basic Acting Technique TH 499 Senior Project
TH 212 Building Acting Technique
Musical Theatre Track, Music Courses:
MUS 140 or 340 Voice Lessons (5 sem.) MUS 259 Music Theory (3 hr.)
MUS 211-212 Class Piano I & II (2 hr.) MUS 022 Univ. Choir (4 sem.)
MUS 227 Aural Skills (1 hr.) MUS elective (see catalog - 3 hr.)

Theatre - Musical Theatre Career Outlook

Recent Employers

Recent theatre graduates have auditioned for and been hired by the following theatre companies:

  • The Huron Playhouse

  • Summer Stock at Findlay

  • Texas Family Musicals

  • The Barn Theatre

  • Tecumseh Outdoor Drama

  • Theatre West Virginia

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